Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A SAVIOR JUST THE SAME


Last night, Milton and Rebecca went out for dinner and upon their return home discovered a Brown Thrasher had gotten stuck in a mouse sticky trap. It was stuck from head to toe on one whole side of its body.


Milton picked up the trap with the bird and brought it in the house and yelled "Mom! We have an emergency here!" The tone of his voice said something was really wrong. I jumped up from scrapbooking, my heart was racing, and ran into the kitchen to find him holding this bird, helplessly stuck to the mouse trap. My first thought was "Thank You God! Nothing is wrong with my children."


Then, my attention went to the bird. I said, "Son, I don't think there is anything we can do, except put him out of his misery." He said, "NO. We are not going to kill this bird. I am going to get him off of this trap." He filled a bowl with warm soapy water and worked very carefully for hours to free the little helpless bird. He finally had to clip the feathers on one of his wings. After hours of working very patiently, he freed the bird from the trap. Then, he clipped the feathers from his other wing. The bird looked so pitiful with glue still on one side of his body and one of his eyes glued shut. Milton took his time and continued cleaning as much of the glue as possible from the bird and was even able to get the bird's eye open that was glued shut.


While Milton was taking great care to save this little bird's life, Rebecca (his wife) had cleaned a bird cage that we had stored in the utility building and had gotten it ready for the bird. Once the bird was finally cleaned, as well as possible, they put the bird into the cage, along with water and bird food.


Later, Milton decided he wanted to take the bird out of the cage and hold it. The bird did not try to peck him when he took him from the cage. He held the bird and stroked its feathers and let the bird lie on his chest. It snuggled up to his face and slept a while and then suddenly decided it was "time." He made a break for freedom. He jumped down and took off down the hall. He was moving with lightening speed, running, jumping, and flapping his little clipped off wings. He made it to the living room and was jetting all over the place trying desperately to keep from being put into captivity again. Milton took a hand towel and tossed it over the little guy and gently picked him up and put him back in his cage where he has been since.


He seems to be adjusting to his new home quite well. He woke Milton and Rebecca up this morning with a beatutiful song. He has taken a bath in his water dish and played in his food. As soon as his wings grow back he will be set free again. Milton did not save an entire world from their sins, like Jesus did, but to the little bird he is still a savior just the same.

22 comments:

Ann said...

That is a beautiful story.

Anonymous said...

What a great story! However, looking at the picture I think what you've got is a Carolina Wren not a baby Brown Thrasher. Hope he's still doing okay.

Jenn Embry said...

What a sweet story and a darling little bird. I'm so glad your son was able to save the poor little thing. I hope his wings grow back quickly.

Debra Pate said...

The side of him in the picture is the side with all of the glue, so you can't tell as much about what he really looks like. He really does look like a Brown Thrasher from the other side. My son researched on the internet. He said she/he looks like and makes the same sounds as a Brown Thrasher. We are thinking the bird is actually a girl, if it is a Brwon Thrasher, but not 100% sure. I will tell Milton to look up the Carolina Wren too.

Pam said...

Debra, what a lovely story...thank you for sharing!

Pam

Shannon Buck said...

A very beautiful story. :) Thanks for sharing. :)

Meari said...

Aww.. what a great story. Glad your DS was able to get him off the sticky trap.

tcmoniz said...

Debra,

What a wonderful story! So glad your son had the patience so save the little bird!!

Those feathers will grow back quickly, and he will be ready for flight! :)

Maria said...

That is just wonderful, what an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing it! Be Blessed!

Erin said...

What an awesome story and a beautiful little bird! I hope he heals up well quickly!

Merry Christmas & Inky Smiles!
Erin

StampinCarol said...

What a wonderful story and a great comparison to what Jesus did for us!

Carolyn NC said...

What a sweet story!

Lou's addictions said...

Poor wee thing, what a great thing your son did.

Denise said...

Such a beautiful story. Thank yo for sharing it.
I have a Carolina Wren that visits my feeders and I thought that may be what the bird is, too.
Merry Christmas!

Terry said...

Beautiful story. You've got a wonderful son with a great heart.

Karen Johnson said...

Debra,
A story that warms the heart...thanks for sharing.How patient of Milton to work so hard on that little one. Maybe the he will come back and visit once set free :0)

Katrien said...

how sweet

zoomcity said...

*sniffle* A very good moment.

Ami said...

What a beautiful thing to happen in your family.

janie said...

What a wonderful thing for Milton to do and thanks for sharing. Yes, we all can be thankful that Jesus died to save us from our sin and all we have to do is ask Him. A little bird Savior you do have.
Janie

Roxie said...

What a hearwarming story. Thanks for sharing
Merry Christmas

Proudmoms said...

How wonderful I hope he survived.
Vera