Hour after hour we have watched our Mama and Dada wren try to entice their chickadees to take flight.
After the baby birds left the nest, I was under the impression that they would take off right away, but here, three days later, they are still hopping around. We have had to keep our garage door shut because they want to hang out in it.
It is amazing to see the parent's fly to and fro, back and forth continuing to bring food to their hungry mouths.
The Mama will fly to the roof of our home and fly down again trying to reassure and her little ones that they can do it too.
These are many learning moments for this Adoption Mama.
I don't stop being a Mommy just because my little birdies have wings. They must be fully developed and ready to take wing. Just like the baby wrens feel like they are strong enough to leave the nest, our children will crave the same freedom; but need continuing nourishment until they have their adult feathers (wisdom, judgment and discernment) and tail wings (responsibility, trustworthiness and maturity).
My babies may even hit the side of the house as they take off, just like those little baby wrens. But each day they are able to fly a little higher and a little higher. Failure is part of the growing process in both species alike. This must be the most painful part of allowing their own wings to take the place of the warmth of the mother's body.
But much patience is required on the part of the parents.
And much trust in the Lord.
Matthew 6:25-27, "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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?