Unexpected Lesson on Perseverance
by Dianne Barker
The covered-wagon birdhouse we intended for decoration only—an appropriate addition to our old-timey-themed flower garden. A little wren outsmarted us.
Hubby noticed she was trying to build a nest inside so he taped the three holes to keep her out. She found a way to squeeze under the tin cover—a risky decision—and get inside. After seeing her leave, he tightened the screws, certain she would give up.
In the cool of the evening as we sat in the swing, admiring our little corner of paradise, the wren chattered in the sweet-shrub bush and then darted out. Seeing her entrance barricaded, she aborted the flight, clinging to the brick wall, obviously trying to decide what to do, dangling a tasty morsel she’d planned to carry inside.
“Do you suppose she’s built a nest and hatched babies in the wagon?” I said.
“No,” hubby said. “I shook it…didn’t hear anything.”
“We’d better check to make sure.”
He loosened the screws and lifted the tin. Surprise! Four tiny naked newborns with mouths opened wide to receive nourishment!
Quickly he tightened the screws and removed the tape, giving Mama Bird easy access to her sweet family.
We moved chairs a short distance away to watch Mama and Papa come and go, caring for their offspring.
That persistent little wren had refused to give up. When there appeared to be no way to get inside the wagon, she figured out a way.
Unknown to us, she had been working diligently for weeks—building the nest under nearly impossible circumstances, laying the eggs, nesting on them until they hatched, and then keeping them fed.
I wonder if she ever thought…why does life have to be so hard? That’s often been my plaintiff cry. Even in her challenging situation, she just kept doing what she needed to do. The lesson:
- Never give up.
- When there seems to be no way, keep trying to find a way, trusting God.
- Remember, persistence brings success.
I hope I never forget that unexpected lesson in perseverance.
“Hezekiah prospered because he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly” (2 Chronicles 31:21).
Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s secretary of Christian Authors Network and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Visit www.diannebarker.com.