... anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant

Mark 10:43
Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalms 33:4-5,18-20,22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

We have heard the expression, “Free as a bird.” A bird has a wonderful freedom of movement that is impossible for all the other earth-bound beings, including ourselves. It sometimes seems that God takes special care of birds as they fly from place to place with an ease we can only envy. As Jesus said, “Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them” (Mt. 6:26).

Nevertheless, one keen observer tells the story of a little hummingbird who lost its freedom by attempting, in its own little hummingbird way, to place limits on the goodness of God. She said,

Recently we put up a hummingbird…

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