“You can have more than one home.
You can carry your roots with you, and decide where they grow.”
~ Henning Mankell
I understand more than ever that phrase “home is where the heart is…” As my not-so-little birds have left the nest and sometimes returned for small respites then left again, well, they’ve built their own little nests where my feet have the privilege to sometimes land. And not just my feet…my heart sure feels thankful and joyful to spend time on their turf in their space…and I feel so at home knowing they have spread their wings and found a home of their own.
One of my favorite stories as a kid was “The Best Nest”. As a young reader, I read that book backwards and forwards and even as a young child bemoaned the fact that that daddy bird was working hard to find the best place and that momma bird wanted that perfect nest and was just not satisfied with much. But in the end, it was really just about being together.
And sometimes you can be together even when you’re not. I love that truth. You can be in it without being IN it. That’s part of the beauty of all these different places where my loved ones are putting down roots, because, sometimes the momma bird gets to fly to them and enjoy them too. And upon landing, realizes her heart was already right there…….and there…and there…and there…<3
I’m thankful that there are so many “momma bird” visuals in scripture. I’m thankful that we can gain so much strength and joy (even in empty nests) by knowing that we’re not alone…that there are people in our corner may not physically be in our corner. (I have a few of these who DID spend quite a bit of time in corners years ago, lol!) But truly, it’s so good to know that we are not alone…and even when we are, well, we never really are! The God of all creation is but a prayer away…and His Presence can bring hope and purpose and joy to any space. I love this verse…
“For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
As I read the verse I smiled as I pictured the daddy bird of the best nest story singing with joy because he loved his little nest. I think the flip side is so true–if we know we’re loved, it has a way of changing the way we view our surroundings for sure…and love multiplied can mean homes all over the place.
Just a few thoughts as I sit in my quiet nest and most of my not-so-little birds are in theirs.
“Wherever you are, be all there.” ~Jim Elliot