Finding Your Faith Part 4 The Little Blue Parakeet
Finding your faith by Rev. Penny Dean telling her journey of faith Part 4-The Little Blue Parakeet.
Blue Parakeet photo courtesy of Elizabeth R on Unsplash
As I read about how Jesus went to the temple and threw out of all of the people who sold and bought in the temple and overthrew the money changers tables, then he proceeded to heal the blind and the lame, I felt a surge of trust and faith in this God who could heal the sick. Soon he left and went to Bethany to stay for the night, in the morning he was hungry and came upon a fig tree and finding no fruit on it he cursed the tree to never to bear fruit again. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. Matt. 21:19 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying How soon is the fig tree withered away! Matt. 21:20 Jesus tells of Faith that can move mountains Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Matt. 21:21 Jesus said whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe that the Lord can do it-that what you ask for, you will receive. I read these words as if I had never seen them before. Suddenly, these words had new meaning to me. They were words of hope and faith. I knew the Lord had answered my prayers and given us the home we needed, the home we had prayed for.
And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matt. 21:22
The Little BLue Parakeet The Little Blue Parakeet is a true story of how my little girl's prayer, and my son's belief caused the Lord to change our lives. I cannot explain away the events in my life that have led me where I am today. I cannot pretend that the Lord did not perform miracles in my life. There can be no other explanation other than the fact that the Lord did all these things, and had a plan for me, I guess I always knew it, even though I fought for so many years, and suffered through so much when my life could have been so much happier if I would have just accepted Him, put Him first in my life, and believed in His power to change my life. While I write the little blue parakeet, part of my heart breaks but the ending was so very worth it. After you read this, you will know what I mean when I say that Faith can move mountains and believe it to receive it.. God has a plan for you too! This is how my little girl’s prayer, for a little blue parakeet, changed our lives! After a few days, we were settling nicely into our new house. One night, I tucked the children into their beds and said our prayers, I reassured them that everything would be fine. God is taking care of us, I kissed each of them and told them I love them as I shut off the light in their bedrooms. The excitement of receiving this lovely home provided by nothing less than an act of God, was still fresh. I walked alone through the house and happiness surrounded me, thankfulness. I thanked the Lord again for giving us this nice home. Suddenly, little thoughts of doubt started creeping into my mind. Little thoughts that reminded me, like,” I might not be able to afford this house! I might have misunderstood God! Maybe this was a mistake and I would be looking for another house soon!” I realized that these doubts were not from the Lord. I knew I needed to get a job, a good job and fast! I prayed and asked the Lord then and as was my custom, I opened my bible to find the answers. This is what I read.
Matthew 21:21-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. (21).
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive (22).
I was ashamed of my doubtful feelings only moments before! I asked the Lord for His forgiveness. I asked the Lord for the job that He wanted me to do. I explained, (even though, there was no need to explain) the urgency of my request. I prayed for a long time and must have fell asleep during my prayer. I awoke to a nice sunny day. My radio was playing Christian songs. I got up showered, made breakfast with one thought in my mind. God had a job out there somewhere for me and I needed to go find it! My children were playing in the yard. I told Laurie (their nanny) that I would be back in a short while and that she should pray for me to get a very good job. She smiled and assured me she would. I got in my car. I had 15 dollars left of the 20 that the older couple with the lemonade and sandwiches, had given me. I put 3 dollars in my gas tank and proceeded to pick up a newspaper for .25 cents. I circled jobs to check out and then went to them. I figured I had a better chance if I just showed up. It would be harder to turn me down if they seen me in person. Well, I got turned down all day long! When I arrived back home late in the evening I was kind of depressed. I just knew God had a job for me! Why couldn’t I find it? Laurie cooked some hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. I sat at the table, looking at my children momentarily, hoping nobody would ask how my job hunting had went, then vacantly staring at the Help Wanted ads in the newspaper as I picked at my food, My children and Laurie ate and chattered happily with each other. They were so happy to have this new lovely home to live in and I sat wondering when God was going to help me find a good job so I could make sure they remained here in this home. I could not disappoint them. I had to find that job! I left the table and went to my room, opened my bible and started to pray. Laurie knocked on my bedroom door and told me the children were bored. I felt as if, the straw that broke the camel’s back, was dancing merrily on mine! I reassured her I would be out in a minute and I prayed again. Brushing away thoughts of insecurity, renewed and refreshed by reading the Bible and praying, I went into the living room, three beautiful little faces of my children stared at me, hopefully, as if I had some magical solution for boredom! I did. I gave them three choices.
We can go to the city park
We could go to the lake or the river
We could go to Walmart and look at the fish, birds and hamsters in the pet department.
They chose the latter and off to WalMart we went. The children were all oohing and aahing over this little fish and that one. They laughed out loud at the antics of the hamsters. Suddenly, I did not see my daughter by the hamsters. I swung around quickly only to find her with her nose pressed against the glass where the bird’s were kept. Her little pig tails bobbing side to side as she looked from one bird to another. Then she turned around, with both hands on her hips as if ready for a fight. “These bird’s are sick, Mommy!” I started to assure her that it was not possible. When I looked through the glass, I knew a little bit about taking care of bird’s and she was right, the bird’s were ill. This was strange to us because we always went to WalMart in our old town and watched the pet’s they were always well cared for and healthy. I was very disturbed and wondered if the manager was aware of these dirty conditions the birds were living in. Ruffled feathers, drainage from their beaks, droopy looking, I knew what was wrong with them right away. They had a cold from being transported too much, too young and too much cold air. If left untreated they would surely die within the next three days. My daughter spotted the tiniest baby blue parakeet. “I want him!” she declared, as if it were a matter of fact. I looked at the price tag. $20 dollars. I only had $12 dollars and some change. I tried to explain to my daughter that I could not afford the bird. I heard the desperation in her voice and my son’s voices as they all chimed in. “But he will die soon if we don’t help him” I was heartbroken there was nothing I could do. My youngest son pointed to a hamster and said “They are all sick!” “Look, even the fish are dying.” I looked and he was right. All of the animals in this pet department were sick or dying. Someone was not taking proper care of them! My oldest son looked at me and took me to the side, “Mom! Isn’t there something you can do to help them?” I told him, “I am trying to think of something.” Meanwhile, my daughter was frowning, with the biggest tears you ever saw on a little girl’s sweet face. Her brother’s put their arms around her and I put mine around them. I said “Let’s pray for them!” My daughter said, ”Okay but then we get to keep the little blue parakeet, right?” Right then, I would have almost lied to make those tears stop. I assured her that I would do everything I could to make that happen. We prayed for the little blue parakeet and all the other birds. Laurie joined the group prayer and prayed, “Oh and help mom get a good job!” We all agreed and ended our prayer. Then I stood there trying to think of something that I could do, while we all stared helplessly at the sick distraught little parakeets. My oldest son looked at me and said, “Why can’t you work here? Maybe we could get a good deal on the little blue parakeet!” My daughter did not say another word, she just stood there, tears welling in those big brown eyes, lip rolled down. I was in trouble! Silently, I prayed again. Then I got a picture of how sad and pathetic I must look to God, just standing there, pleading for a job. I pictured, God looking down at my sad eyes and rolled down lip. Surely, He loved me in the same way as I love my children! God would want me to be happy, just as I wanted my children to be happy. If there was anything He could do He would do it! He can do anything! Then it occurred to me that maybe my son’s suggestion of applying for a job was really a good one! Laurie stayed with the two youngest children in the pet department and my oldest son went with me to find the manager. We found him. I told him I needed to speak with him in the pet department. I tried to think of something to say besides, ”I need a job.” My usually quiet eldest son started telling him about the little blue parakeet and how much his sister loved him and that it would surely break her heart if she did not get to take him home. Then he told the manager that the pets were not taken care of very well and that he should hire me to take care of them so that his sister could have the little blue parakeet! I smiled with embarrassment and tried to stop my son, smiling at the manager and then I looked at him and told him, “Well, I was just trying to think of something to say to convince you that you should sell me the little sick bird for $12 dollars but my son is right. If you sell me the little blue parakeet for 12 dollars and I can get it well in three days will you give me a job taking care of the pets in the pet department? I really would like to help them and I can save their lives. They have not been taken care of properly.” The manager looked at the cages and assessed the situation quickly. My daughter looked at him pleadingly. My youngest son, looked at the manager and said, “Our fish tank and bird cages have never looked awful, like this!” Laurie looked at the man and said, “You have to help them, we prayed for them!” Reason to Celebrate! The manager’s name was Johnny, I will never forget him. He pulled me off to the side and He said, “Okay, Okay, I am outnumbered here. You are right, the cages and tanks look bad and they are all sick. I doubt if you can save them. I did not know that they were like this until you brought it to my attention. I will give you a job, can you start tomorrow? I was stunned but assured him I could start today. I told him how we got our house that God gave us and that this is just one more miracle for us that makes our faith stronger. Then I expressed my concern over the tiniest parakeet and told him I could start right now because their care could not wait. I showed him the little blue parakeet that my daughter was so fond of. He looked over at her, she looked up at him, eyes pleading. Johnny looked at her but spoke to me. I tell you what, You take that bird home and if you can get him well, you can keep him. My kid’s hugged him before I could do anything. I am sure I was standing with my mouth wide open in shock. I could not speak! I could only stand there and pray “Thank you Father, Thank you Jesus!!” I must have prayed it out loud because I suddenly realized they were all staring at me. We brought that little blue parakeet home and in three days he was well and I brought him back to show the manager Johnny. He was amazed. I had been working for him exactly two and half days, counting the evening we brought the parakeet home. I had went back to clean the other bird cages and give them medicine that same night. Johnny promoted me to Department Manager. My prayers were once again answered because I have total and complete faith in the Lord to provide. God is so Good to me! Joy filled my heart and as I worked at my new job I was ever so grateful. I made sure the aquariums were spotless and overhauled the bird cages and hamster cages. Everyone who came to the pet department told me they had never seen it so clean. Within two weeks I was promoted to Pet Department Manager and I could not have been happier. Again I found myself saying aloud, "Thank you Lord for answered Prayers and thank you for loving me so much even though I don't deserve it" as I hit my knees to pray thanking Him every night, with my children and Laurie making sure they knew that everything we have is from the Lord.
Memory Verse: Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Matt. 21:21