I came home to my noisy parakeet, Ollie. He saw a cardinal on the patio and was chirping away. I proceeded to clean out his cage as I do everyday and thought about how he is not skittish anymore when I’m dismantling his home.
After all, he should be used to me by now since I adopted him four months ago. I don’t know much about his past but he was a young bird of 3 or 4 months old when he came into my home and he was scared of everything. I called him a “scaredy bird”. Get it….instead of scaredy cat. Then I realized I was getting no where with him and I began calling him a “good boy”! I talked to him everyday and finally got him to come up on my hand without biting me. He would bob his head from side to side looking at me and get restless and fly wildly away. Never knowing where he would land, I would have to rescue him by cupping him in my hands while he struggled and continued to bite me. I said, “Listen here, I’m bigger than you!”
I don’t know why, but one day I began humming an old hymn and he stopped struggling and listened. I had to listen to what I was humming and realized the hymn was called “The Love of God”. After repeating the hymn three times, he had heard enough and wanted to fly back to his cage. I repeated this process for two weeks and now I don’t have to sing because he doesn’t struggle and bite me, when I have to pick him up.
After these past months, I realized Ollie still did not trust me. One day, we had a heart to heart talk. I talked. He listened. I told him I feed him, and clean his cage everyday, give him fresh water, take time to talk to him and it is time for him to realize I care about him and I’m not going to hurt him.
It takes a time honored relationship to develop trust of any kind. What about trusting God? You cant truly trust someone you don’t know. We get to know God by spending time with Him. Knowing who He is through reading His Word; talking to Him and listening to Him.
Building Trust. Its takes time and because trust can be a verb, it takes action. Just like in a marriage. It takes a life long commitment built on a foundation of trust.
Oh by the way, something wonderful happened on this day of thinking about trust. After cleaning Ollie’s cage, I sat on the floor and began talking to him and to my utter amazement, for the first time on his own, he flew onto my shoulder and nuzzled close to my neck as I kept talking to him. He stayed quite a while, too. God, did you do that for me as I pondered this subject of trust? You are so good. Now can you please get Ollie to talk?
This was excerpted from a story by Theresa Harper entitled “Trust”. Theresa and Ollie live in Fort Mill, South Carolina where Theresa shares her joy in and love of the Lord with many, encouraging them in their journey of faith.