A group of us girls stood in our driveway laughing and talking. We were going to the movies. At the last minute, one more little girl showed up.
I didn’t know she’d been invited.
I wanted it to be just US older, mature girls, and she was only seven or eight. I still cringe at what I said.
We were all wearing shorts and T-shirts except for her. She wore a dress and Sunday shoes.
“Why are you so dressed up? We aren’t going to church. We’re just going to the movies.”
She ran home crying. We stopped by her house to pick her up, but she wouldn’t come to the door.
It felt so dark inside my heart.
I’d excluded her from the group.
Something happened last week and I remembered being a Mean Girl, and the shame in her eyes. While my husband was feeding his parakeets, one flew away. A white female.
For days she darted near the atrium where she used to live, but we couldn’t catch her.
Sometimes, I’d see her in the treetops all by herself. An outsider looking in.
Nearly broke my heart…
Rick hung a bird-cage on the atrium, and fixed the tiny door so if she flew in, it would close. She never did.
And the worst part–at night, she clung on the screen of her old house calling out to her friends. Of course, they couldn’t help her.
Hungry, thirsty, and lonely, if she survived the summer, she’d never make it through the winter outside the heated atrium.
One morning, Rick sprinkled bird seeds on the walkway near the atrium. She was no where in sight, but just in case…
A few minutes later, our cat Thelma crouched in an attack position, focused on the white parakeet who’d landed to eat.
Please, Lord, don’t let the bird die on the outside looking in. Don’t let Thelma…
Quickly and quietly, Rick shooed Thelma away.
The parakeet stood still.
He scooped her up, opened the door, and put her inside. Her friends welcomed her home and threw a grand celebration!
But the best part…
A week later, our long-lost white parakeet laid three white eggs.
Oh, the sweetness of belonging–of hearing, “Welcome. We’re so glad you’re here.” Click to tweet
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:7 (ESV) Click to tweet
Have you ever been on the outside looking in?
Have you ever been a Mean Girl? Or am I the only one?