I stood there for a while, smiling up at this bird and singing his call back to him (Cardinal is the only bird call I know how to do because they were so prevalent where I grew up) - and then I realized what amazing symbolism Spirit was showing me.
God is the metaphorical mama bird, building a nest for us where we can grow and be protected, and then when we're ready (whether we know it or not) pushes us out of the nest to start our own journey.
Birds chew food, swallow it, and then regurgitate it back into their babies' mouths. I know that might sound a little gross, but it's necessary because the baby birds aren't able to swallow raw food yet. God, likewise, takes the knowledge and secrets of the universe, mashes them down and simplifies them and then spoon feeds them to us (through signs, symbols, thoughts, and lessons) in a way that we are able to comprehend and apply to our lives.
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