A Family for a Chickadee

Birds of a Feather…
My dear friend Kimberly Forbes shared a story with me. I liked it so much that I asked her to write it down so I could share it with you.

“As background for this story, I should let you know a little bit about more me. For most of my life, I have suffered from a profound sense of loneliness, disconnectedness. No other details are necessary, just the fact that I know this is true about me, and it is an important detail, in that God knows this about me, too!

I watch birds in my backyard, so I know the little guys that are frequent, and newcomers really stand out. For several years in the springs and summers, I observed a lone Mountain Chickadee that would dine on our bounty of oiled sunflower seeds every morning at about the same time. He is out of the range where chickadees usually go. They are delightful to watch as their antics are beyond cute! I always thank God that He brings these little gifts just for me, as He knows I haven’t been able to watch birds as much as I used to, or would like.

In about the third season, I walked onto our porch and pondered out loud to my husband, ‘I wonder if that little chickadee will ever have a mate, or a family?’ God must have thought I was talking to Him, because in the seconds before I could sit down to enjoy my coffee, a second little chickadee joined the first. I am surprised I didn’t scare them off with my excitement! I sat down, enjoying my new little friend, when a THIRD one joined the two!

In God’s whisper, He spoke to me, ‘You may have seasons of loneliness, but you will not always feel this way. You will enjoy a deep sense of fellowship and family, be patient.’ Actually, it was more like a shout!”

[Note: You may view a photo of a mountain chickadee here.]

6 God places the lonely in families; He sets the prisoners free and
gives them joy. But He makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched
Psalm 68:6 (NLT)


  1. Kimberly is working on a book about "when/how God speaks to us" and will include the tale of the chickadee family in her book. Blessings on your writing, Kimberly!