For The Birds

mark-hopper-color-2x2By Pastor Mark Hopper


I forget that there are wild birds where we live.  They are active and busy this time of year, but I hardly notice their presence in the busyness of everyday life.

However, that changed recently.  Unexpectedly, I found several birds to be directly involved in my life.

My first bird encounter was up in the mountains of Arrowhead.  My wife and I had stayed at a cabin with some members of our family.  As some in our group were loading their car and getting ready to leave, a small bird flew inside their car.

Because their car windows were down, the small bird flew right in and couldn’t find his way out again.  After several minutes of fruitless effort, it huddled fearfully on the floor of the back seat.

We rushed over and opened all the car doors hoping it would escape.  But this frightened little bird would not move.  So I finally reached in and gently picked it up and set it on a ledge nearby.

I have heard that if you touch a baby bird, the mother will abandon it.  But, I researched on Google and learned that this is not true.  The article said that birds have a poor sense of smell and that it is okay to touch them if necessary.

After our guests drove away, I kept looking out the cabin window to see if the bird was okay, but it had not moved.  I watched and looked many times worried that it was injured.

Finally after several hours, the bird was gone!  Maybe the mother came to the rescue and persuaded the little feathered friend that it was time to get going.  Or maybe it got hungry and decided to find some food!

I was relieved that the bird was gone and was apparently okay.

There is a verse in the Bible in Matthew 10:29-31 that says, “A sparrow does not fall to the ground without your Heavenly Father knowing it.”

In the context of this passage, Jesus is talking about fear.  He reminds us that God knows every detail of our lives and cares for us, just as He knows about even the smallest bird that falls to the ground.

If you are experiencing fear or anxiety, remember that God knows your situation and cares about your every need.  Talk to Him in prayer and rely on Him for the strength you need to face your fears and worries today.


Pastor Mark Hopper is from the Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, 3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd.  Sunday services are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.  For more information, call (909) 594-7604 or visit