Friday, March 12, 2010

Birds of the air...

Yesterday morning while Caleb was at preschool, I was cuddling on the couch with Sarah and Gabriel, watching Word World, and spelling the words along with them (occasionally giggling along with them, too).

The window that displays our front yard distracted me frequently, however. I found myself looking at our Bradford Pear trees, realizing that any day now they are going to bloom and look like this. The sky was just the perfect shade of blue, and the clouds were the fluffy white kind - "Simpson's clouds" as Mrs. Haid once described a sky - which perfectly accented the view I was having.

I am often mesmerized by the birds that fancy our yard. My favorite, of course, are the bright red Cardinals. They are so gorgeous in the winter, and since spring hasn't quite arrived yet, they still add some beautiful color to an otherwise dull landscape.

And there he was...












...perched on one of our trees was the prettiest Cardinal. I couldn't help but stare. As I got up to look closer, Sarah asked me what I saw outside. I explained and pointed in the direction of the bird, and she became excited, too!

Every time I watch the birds in our yard, I can't help but recall a scripture that means so much to me...and should mean a lot to anyone who has worried about...well...just about anything! It's a part of the "do not worry" passage in Matthew...

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26

Yes, I really do think of that scripture. Every time. I think it's the Lord's way of reminding me EACH TIME I watch those sweet, beautiful creatures that He loves me and I am even more valuable to Him than they are.

He takes care of them.

He will take care of me.

I love when the weather breaks and I'm able to play outside with my kiddos. I am then even closer to the birds of the air, and in those moments, I often feel closer to Him as well.



Photo credit CrabAppleLane Wildlife

15 comments:

Kel said...

Happy Friday! Great Pic!
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Josh said...

It is so sad how excited I get when there are animals in our yard; birds, squirrels, etc. It is great to know that God loves us way more than those animals!

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Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I love to look at cardinals, but blue jays are my favorite. Except blue jays are MEAN. I got too close to a nest when I was about nine, and one dive-bombed my head. Lesson learned.

Beautifully inspiring post :)

~Elizabeth
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kimberly anderson said...

Josh-do you feel the same way when the neighbors dog or cat get in your yard.

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Faithful Mali said...

I love this passage in Matthew. I only recently found and learned it (via Max Lucado). It really does a lot to remind us how important and special we are.

That's a beautiful shot of the cardinal. It would be nice hung up in a frame, I think.

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Aleta said...

Hi - visiting from Follow me Friday and I'm following you :)

I love the message and the Bible quote. So very true! And aren't birds beautiful? We have BlueJays and Hawks in our neighborhood :)

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Eliane Filho Photography said...

Happy Friday :)
Loved the post and The Photo :)
My back door is facing the woods so I get lots of birds there too ...

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sanjeet said...

love to look at cardinals, but blue jays are my favorite.

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