“A bird in a nest is secure, but that is not why God gave it wings.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo
A bird that chooses to stay in its nest is no more free than the caged bird. Its cage is made of fear. Fear of something different, fear of being wrong, fear of birds that are different, fear of the drop before flight. It cages itself, making its wings useless. Both the caged and nested bird have the same heart song, though. Songs of beauty and freedom are sung from each bird. Only one holds the key to its cage. With finding freedom in grace it removes the cage of fear and flies, spreading its wings, gliding on the wind of grace and freedom.
As for the caged bird, it patiently waits while singing songs of freedom, until the cage owner let’s go of their fear, and frees her.
Which cage do you hold the key to? Is it your own? Or is there something or someone you need to let go of?
I always love bird references and here are my favorite 2 below.