PHIL | Please Help I’m Little

by Erica McFarland, Every Child

After a summer’s rainstorm my daughter found a baby robin, a mere nestling, hiding in our front landscape. The grayish brown speckled bird could walk, but definitely couldn’t fly. Hoping that the nestling’s parents would return, we watched from an inside window to make sure that the baby robin was safe. Unfortunately, as time went by and dusk was almost upon us, it was not likely mama or papa bird would come back. So, our son made a nest inside of a cardboard box with grass and twigs and we placed it securely in one of our window boxes. Carefully with a soft towel I gently picked up the nestling and placed him in his new nest. We decided on the name Phil which in my mind was short for Please Help I’m Little.

The next morning I was up early and eager to check on Phil to see if he survived the night. There he was, resting in his nest but still no sign of mama or papa. We decided that the safest place for him was back in the tree that we believed he was blown out of during the storm. Carefully, we placed him back in the tree and what happened next was absolutely amazing!

With disbelief and excitement my son called out to me later that day to come see what was happening in Phil’s tree. A family of sparrows had begun taking care of Phil. Several sparrows were perched on our roof and in trees keeping lookout as others gathered food and brought it back to feed Phil. The sight of this immediately reminded me of a Bible passage. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink: or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26).

If God cares and provides for all that the sparrow needs, know that He loves you so much deeper, and will love and provide for you all the more! This simple yet profound truth is the basis for which so many families decide to get involved with our ministry as both foster/adoptive parents. I encourage you to ask God where He’s asking you to serve. Is He asking you to love and serve like the sparrow family?

We were sad to see him go but every so often we still see a robin in our backyard with a group of sparrows all working together to gather food and we can’t help but wonder if it is our little Phil.

The Every Child Foster Care/Adoption ministry is a collaborative effort of the church to care for every child in need within our reach.