Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Of Birds and Wind and Trust

I find it difficult to tear myself away from the kitchen window these days. This little "drama" is one I've never witnessed before and perhaps never will again.

I discovered that there are four little ones - not three. Every once in a while huge heads on reedy necks rise up from the depths of the nest. Impossibly big mouths open wide - they have an insatiable appetite.

Yesterday, one of the things I feared might happen did. The wind began blowing in earnest. Those babies have had a wild ride - sometimes spinning, sometimes rocking back and forth in an ever widening arch. I watch in alarm, waiting for them to tumble out of the nest.

 Papa has joined in the care and feeding of the little ones, much to my relief. I thought perhaps he was one of those "dandies" and was going to leave all the work to Mama.

 I am learning some life lessons from these seemingly fragile creatures. The wind buffets their nest, and they don't fly around in circles of desperation. They aren't chirping shrilly at the heavens asking where God is when, after all, He promised to watch over every bit of creation. They haven't enlisted an army of cardinals to come to their rescue and help still the wild pitching and spinning. They simply keep doing what they know to do - trusting that all will be well.

After all, there are four hungry mouths to be filled.



  1. So sweet. I love the lessons God can teach just from observing His creation!

  2. I noticed your comment over on Chatting at the Sky and was drawn to your blog. When i saw you had quoted Amy Carmichael, I thought perhaps I have found a kindred spirit. Then you described a scene from Out of Africa, which I love. Add to that your bird posts, for I have a friend I call the bird whisperer. :) I will be back.

  3. A wonderful lesson for us.
    Not all little ones make it; dogs killed six baby kittens, less than a day old, this morning. So sad for the mama cat. She made the wrong choice in picking a safe place for them.

  4. funny little necks and big mouths....

  5. What a gift to be able to observe this first hand.

  6. Love this esp. how you relate 'the birds of the air' to our lives and give us a lesson on faith and trust. Wonderful.
    Keep an eye out for a special announcement in my blog. It will come soon. See if you can guess what it will be about!