#50 – Tiny Sparrow: A Fable – Sarah Porter

Tiny Sparrow was certain that her mother had lost her mind.

“You want me to what?!” she exclaimed.

“It is time for you to leave the nest,” replied her mother.  “Step over the edge and you will know what to do.”

“But mother, surely I will fall.  It is a long drop to the ground, I know I won’t survive.  Besides, why would I leave when I am so happy here?”

“If you do this, I promise you will experience greater happiness than you have ever imagined.”

“I don’t want to do it; I’m too afraid.”

“My dear Tiny Sparrow, haven’t I always taken care of you and protected you?”

“Yes.”

“Haven’t I always brought you the best food to eat?  And when the sky was dark and stormy, didn’t I always keep you warm and dry under my wings?”

“Yes, you have.”

“Then know that what I am asking you to do now is for your happiness.  Trust me.”

“Alright mother, I will do it.”

Tiny Sparrow gulped, closed her eyes, and jumped over the edge.  Suddenly, her wings spread open and pushed against the air, and Tiny Sparrow was filled with a sudden rush of joy and exhilaration.  She was flying!

Flying became one of Tiny Sparrow’s greatest joys in life, and she was always grateful for the day when her mother asked her to step over the edge.

It takes a leap of faith to learn to fly.

~ Sarah Porter, Clinton, Utah

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