14 August 2010

Bird Blessings

Do you see mama hummingbird on her nest?

And two baby bird beaks?

And here's a little better  view of mama...

We have been so blessed the past few weeks to have this little hummingbird family nesting, hatching and growing up in the branches of a big oak tree just outside our kitchen window.

When I realized we had a nest and mama there,
I quickly put out a feeder with homemade nectar.
(3 parts water, brought to a boil, 1 part sugar added and stirred until dissolved,
then cooled and placed in clean feeder.)

They have been such a joy to watch.
It is the first hummingbird nest I've ever seen,
and the babies are flying about now, feeding at the feeder,
and practicing their dive-bombing moves.
I am amazed at how fiercely they protect their territory...
even though they are tiny, I wouldn't want one coming after me
with that needle-sharp beak!

We are praising the Lord for giving us the opportunity
to view His beautiful creations before we leave this lovely place.
Looking at the tiny nest which that little lady has so dedicatedly
made her place of abode for these many weeks
reminds me that downsizing is a good thing!
If she can sit so contentedly in her little home,
through wind and rain and wildly waving bough,
calmly protecting and nurturing her family through the storms that blow...
the God who empowered her to do that
can do the same for me.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?
and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31

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