Earlier this month, a pair of Carolina wrens built a nest in one of my flower baskets. I watched as they worked tirelessly carrying bits of dried leaves and straw in their beaks to form their nest. I was fascinated with how determined they were, and the amount of work that was involved in building their home.
Then the house finches showed up. They wanted the wren’s basket and the wren’s nest. They tried to claim it, but the wrens succeeded in defending their territory. About a week later, five eggs were in the nest – but one was different. After some research, I discovered one egg belonged to the house finches and the other four belonged to the wrens.
Fast forward a few weeks and the wrens are working tirelessly to feed the finch baby who is bigger and louder than the others… and the finches stop by nearly every day to visit and try to get back to their baby. It’s madness with a bit of magic – because it’s beautiful to watch the wrens adopt the finch baby as their own and care for him so lovingly.
Back to the two kinds of trouble…
- Maybe you can relate to the finches. You’ve gotten yourself into trouble, and it’s clearly your fault.
- Maybe you can relate to the baby finch or the wrens. You didn’t ask for the situation in which you’ve found yourself and all the trouble it’s causing.
Here’s the good news – there’s only one kind of grace.
I don’t know how the rest of the story will play out for the feuding families on my porch, but I do know how the story plays out for you and me with God. Grace wins every time. No matter how much trouble you’re in, or whether you've brought it upon yourself, God’s grace ALWAYS wins.
If you’re the finch who tried to steal someone’s home or left your baby behind, ask for God’s forgiveness, make amends, and make better choices.
If you’re the wrens and someone dropped their drama in your nest, ask for God’s wisdom and favor in finding resolution.
Figure it out and find fresh grace.