God tends to speak to me in different ways, Recently, he has spoken to me through watching Jude, our conure parrot, fully trust us. My verses this year are Isaiah 26:3-4, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”
When Jude came to us in October of last year, he would not come near us. I tried everything I knew to get him to take food from me or sit on my hand. If I went anywhere close to Jude, he would shake, go to the top of our window curtain rail in the farthest corner, or simply fly away.
A few weeks passed without much change. I began to put seed on the top of his cage and a few chew toys. Jude slowly tried the seed and began to realise I was not out to hurt him. He started playing with the toys and even was coming closer to where I sit. He has a wooden play area he can sit on and chew. He slowly but surely came to me.
Now, three months later, Jude eats with me, out of my hand# He drinks water from my glass and loves tea. He follows me throughout the house. The best thing Jude does is sit in the palm of my hand, tilts his head ever so slightly and goes to sleep.
Jude trusts me so much he snuggles in my hand and sleeps without a care in the world. He does the same with Mark, my husband, when I am working. He won’t look out the window at the other birds in the garden without being cupped in Mark’s hands.
Jude knows our hands are safe. He knows we are not going to intentionally hurt him. He knows there is warmth and protection in our hands.
God spoke to my heart and said this is how we need to trust him. No matter the noise of the world around us or the circumstances we are struggling with, we can find safety in his hand.
There is peace found in trust. When we trust someone, our guard is down, and we are not constantly fighting against the person or ourselves. We are calm. We breathe slower. We can relax and know we are safe. We can be ourselves.
When we trust someone, we can share without fear. We can talk about deep things that weigh on our hearts.
Trust is difficult when it is broken. It takes years or even a lifetime to let go and forgive. When someone breaks our trust, we find it hard to trust again, especially when that trust is broken many times from many people.
However, I can honestly say, if we surrender those people and our pain to God, he brings healing. It takes time, but you can have healing in his presence. God wants us to come to him for healing. He wants us to trust him.
Sometimes this trust is difficult as we feel like we are talking to a wall or God is somewhere out there in outer space, too far to talk to, and because we cannot physically see him, we feel as if there is no point.
God desires for us to let the walls come down and fully trust him. He desires to hold us in his hand and rest there.
God understands where we are coming to him from in our journey. He has been there all along. He cares. He loves us. He always has our best interest at heart.
Come to him today. Let him hold you. Let him give you rest. His peace will be yours as you trust in him. He is our everlasting rock. He is our protector. He is our peace.
Prayer: Father, thank you for loving me. You care so much about every detail in my life, including my deepest thoughts and desires. You will never hurt me. You will hold me close and protect me. You are all I need. Help me to come to you with total abandon and find shelter in your hand. I come just now and lay down in your presence. I trust you. Amen.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 40:10 ESVUK
“Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” -Isaiah 49:16 ESVUK