Notes from Jan

Life is for the Birds

May 16, 2024

For sure, I’m not a birder. Those people are serious about their fine feathered friends. But when I stop and sit for a spell on my deck, it’s often the birds that grab my attention. However, mostly I catch seagulls dive-bombing and screeching, “Mine! Mine! Mine!”

But, yesterday, I saw a Baltimore Oriole for the first time, and its mate. We were at Shelly’s house, near Wingaersheek Beach, for a gathering of our Community Bible Study group. Before long, I headed to the back porch. Fortunately, Shelly followed and invited me to take a seat. And that’s when she pointed out a Baltimore Oriole(not a baseball player) and other birds. Shelly identifies some by their songs. Which I find, remarkable.

As I watched, awed by the beauty of these birds, I remembered these words. “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:26-27, NLT),” Or as the Message sums up a bird’s life, ” careless in the care of God.”

Well, apparently God enjoyed creating birds. According to birding-world.com, there are 9,800 bird species. And “There are approximately 300 references to birds in the Bible, including ostriches, quail, doves, owls, ravens, peacocks, eagles and sparrows.”(from Bible reasons.com)

Then, Philip Yancey in his May 13th entry in Grace Notes referenced Flannery O’Connor’s peacocks. And according to Flannery, as they strut about, they unfurl “a galaxy of gazing, haloed suns.” One trucker screeched to a halt to watch, some walkers are stunned into silence. “But her favorite response came from an old black woman who simply cried, ‘Amen! Amen!'”

Well, I need to take a seat more often and pay attention to the birds. Above all, to do less worrying. If Life is for the birds, then how much more is Life for us.

” Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7, NIV)

Well, judging by my hairbrush this morning. God has fewer to count. But, today I’m focusing on keeping an eye out for different birds and worrying less. However, it can’t hurt to hunt a good hair-thickening shampoo. Peacocks aren’t the only ones who like to strut their stuff.

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