By Lisa Rene Delgado
With Joppa and Millo
As Millo sits alone high on the branch of a tree, afraid and confused he hears the voice of Jesus say, “Spread your wings and fly”.
Millo begins to tremble because he is afraid; this is higher than he has ever flown before. He has a broken wing from the first time his mother nudged him off the nest; instead of spreading his wings at the right time, he fell and broke a wing. Left as an orphan, because he could not fly. He couldn’t understand why they left him behind.
As tears roll down his precious little beak, he cries out to the Lord, “Why should I spread my wings to fly, what if I stumble, what if I fall?
O Lord, why should I spread my wings to fly, where would I go, where would I be safe?
Maybe a cage will do, at least there I know, I would feel safe, and
I will have everything I need, just me in this little cage.
I am afraid, why, Lord, do you say I should spread my wings to fly?”
Jesus responds in a tender voice, “I have a lot I want to show you. Things you cannot see from where you are, how would you see things that are far and wide. We have a long journey ahead, together we will accomplish the things I planned long ago. Me in you, and you in me.
You are safe if you are holding my hand. If you fall, I will catch you; I am the One who holds you. You are safe in My loving arms.
You ask, why should you spread your wings to fly, so you may soar”!
Just after Millo finishes praying to Jesus, Joppa comes along carrying a small bag of dry crumbs; she has been searching for Millo and was very concerned about him. Millo has been very quiet and sad.
“Millo, there you are, I’ve been looking for you, why haven’t you answered me when I called for you”, say’s Joppa.
“I just wanted to be alone for a while, I have had a lot on my mind, Millo responds.
“Joppa, what is in that bag?” “This, oh nothing, just dry crumbs”, she answers.
“Joppa, yes Millo, “why would someone who is supposed to love you, hurt you so badly, and leave you as an orphan”?
“I don’t know, want some dry crumbs”? says Joppa.
“No, Millo snaps, “I don’t want any dry crumbs, can you just answer my question please?”
“Well, how about I share this bag of dry crumbs with you, maybe they will help you feel better, at least for a moment”?
“And why would I want to feel better for just a moment, if my heart is heavy with questions, how are dry crumbs going to help me, Millo says slightly irritated.
Joppa begins to share a story with Millo.
“Remember the story about Job, when he lost everything, and all his children. Well, his wife was very angry, so much so, that she couldn’t comfort her husband because naturally, she was inconsolable; after all, they were her children as well. After their loss, Job became very ill with sores all over his body. He wanted to die because of his grief, and now he was stricken with bad health. How would he ever rebuild what was lost. Three of his closest friends arrived as soon as they had heard about what happened to their friend Job. At first, they were very wise to sit with Job and keep quiet. Like you did Millo, when my heart was heavy. You are such a good friend because you just loved me where I was. That wasn’t the case for Job, his friends began speaking what they thought was wisdom, but instead, they just gave him dry crumbs.
“I don’t get it, what does dry crumbs have to do with anything”? says Millo.
Joppa goes on to explain, “Well sometimes our friends don’t know what to say in times like these. They feel like they must explain everything, or give an opinion, even when they don’t know what the reason is for the season you are in. Sometimes, there are those who think they know everything, but know nothing at all, so they will assume to know, but in the very end, all they have offered was dry crumbs. That is why Job was irritated with them, and called them a bunch of quacks. But God knew Job’s heart, and everything that weighed heavy on his heart; God knows everything! But God was Job’s closest friend, he trusted God, even in the darkest places of his heart; he never hid anything from God, or try to because he knew God’s love would never abandon him. He walked with God no matter what, and God called him a righteous man because he believed, he had faith, and trusted God. When everyone else was finding fault for Job’s trials, God was with him right where he sat. Job wasn’t the blame for his trials; he did not bring these on himself, he knows he lives in a fallen world, but with God by his side, he knew that God would not leave him as an orphan”.
“Remember the day you sat quietly with me Millo?
“Yes, I cried with you because I love you so much; my heart hurt with yours, but I wanted to say something, but I didn’t know how to help you” said Millo.
“After you left, I spent time with God, and He said, “Spread your wings and run against the wind that so easily hinders you”. I didn’t understand what He wanted me to, so I opened my Bible, and read, “Seek counsel, and follow instruction”. While on my way to choir practice, I was strolling down Frog Brook, and spotted a wise looking owl named Rrafi-owl. He is now helping me understand the things I don’t understand, and is helping me let go of the things that have been hindering me, because that is his expertise, and he will not give you dry crumbs.
Millo declares as he flaps his wings with excitement,
“Wow, God sent you to share this with me, so I can soar higher than before!”
“Now let’s go visit Rafi-owl, and feed these dry crumbs to the ducks, Joppa says as she and Millo begin their new journey.
Job, Hebrews 12, Proverbs 4:10-13, Proverbs 3:5, Deut. 31:6