The Pocket Parrot, Part 1: Under His Wing -- By Lyn Chaffart
This is the first in a short series inspired by Melo, our beloved Parrotlet.
 
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday." (Ps 91:4-6)
 
The Pocket Parrot.  Also known as a Miniature Parrot, or by its official name: Parrotlet.  This smallest member of the parrot family is also the newest member of our family.  The little guy measures about 4 inches in length, from "stem to stern", or in bird talk, from "beak to tail".  Next to him, our resident Cockatiel looks as big as a chicken!  Although he's only officially been a part of our family for 7 days, he has succeeded in worming his way deeply into my son's heart -- oh, and also deeply into each of his pockets, up every sleeve and into every collar, and in one case, even down into his underpants!  Hence, the nickname, "Pocket Parrot"!  Believe me, it puts a whole new meaning to the expressing "under his wing"
 
But besides being a cute little coddler, this little bird, who bears the name Meloconcito -- or "Melo" for short -- has an ego that won't quit.  As I said before, he can't be more than 4 inches long, yet he takes off after our Cockatiel (4 times his size)!  The poor thing can't even enjoy a cracker on the floor anymore without the little half-pint driving her away. 
 
This is the curious part to me.  How can a bird that spends most of its time "cowering" away in some hidden part of my son's clothing, come charging out so aggressively that a bird four times his size runs away?  It can only mean one thing: When Melo hides in pockets and sleeves, he isn't cowering!  He's simply resting in the knowledge that everything is all right in his little world! 
 
As I contemplate the "strange" behavior of my son's pet, it occurs to me that we could all learn an important lesson from this tiny ball of feathers.  The Psalmist tells us that God will cover us with His feathers, under His wing we will find refuge, and His faithfulness will be our shield and rampart.  What does this mean?  This means that we can rest, snuggled up against the love of our Heavenly Father, resting in the knowledge that everything is right in our little world.  But at the smallest sight of attack from the enemy, we can, just like Melo, come charging out with such confidence that enemies many times our size will run away!  How?  Because His faithfulness is our shield and rampart.  As the apostle Paul put it: "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." (2 Cor. 10:4)  My friends, when we are covered with His "feathers", under the protection of His wing, we have power over the enemy! 
 
Why not learn a lesson from the newest member of my family?  Why not learn to nestle so close to God that you are not afraid to take control of the attacks of the enemy?  God tells us to cast all of our burdens upon Him (1 Peter 5:7), so why not do so today, my friend?  Do not delay!
 
If you have never accepted Jesus into your life, why not do so today?  Why not give your life to the Lord so that you, too, can "nestle" under His Wing, and so that you, too, can have the protection He provides against the enemy?  Why not answer the Savior's Call?  To do so, Click here  (http://answers2prayer.org/saviours_call.html)
 
Please see Sunday's edition of The Illustrator for The Pocket Parrot, Part 2.
 
Love in Christ,

Lyn

Lyn Chaffart,
Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets ( www.scripturalnuggets.org), Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org

(To access the entire "The Pocket Parrot" mini-series, please click here.)