Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What tiny creations can do

I opened the door to the studio just before Easter looking for a box of plastic eggs for our hunt a couple of days later. I hadn’t been out there in awhile and in my peripheral visionmovement. Then a Carolina Wren flashed in front of me. I turned to see her masterpiece of twigs, moss, straw, and dried leaves built on storage bins. I flashed my cell phone light inside, saw several tiny eggs, and forgot all about the plastic ones I had been searching for.

A twinge of anxiety crept up on me. No bird has ever been successful with a nest out there. Predators of various kinds have intervened coming in the same way she did, a small cat door. But I’m hoping this year will be different. The biggest threat, Mama Kitty, has been domiciled for months in the house, apparently having given up her days of wandering.

I followed the hatching of the baby birds going from nearly naked with a few random spiky feathers on their heads to being covered in them only days later.

Yesterday morning, I took this picture.

Four days earlier, this is how they looked.

At first, I thought only three, but now, I can see part of another miniscule beak.

These feathered chicks are fascinating to me. I’ve even named them: Lettie, Louie, Leonard, and Lois. I figure it’s pretty good odds for two boys and two girls.

When I look at those wee faces, I see in them the reflection of their creator, one who cares about every detail. If even one of them were to wriggle out of that nest before it was time, God would know. God would care.

After Job lost everythinglivestock, servants, even his beloved children, he was then afflicted with excruciating sores, but  continued to trust God. At one point he proclaimed God's might to his friends, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:7-10).

This time of year can do amazing things for our faith if we’ll allow God to speak to us through what he is doing in the world around us. If we’re wondering about God’s oversight in our lives, we can take encouragement from his creative power in the tiniest of his creations, because God is indeed, “the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

So, I’m off to take another picture.

Leonard was a little squashed in the last one.

For more about Carolina Wrens  and to listen to their song, HERE.

If we’re wondering about God’s oversight in our lives, we can take encouragement from his creative power in the tiniest of his creations, because God is indeed, “the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (click to tweet) 

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Anonymous said...

So, it’s about to be born for the world to get to know. Congratulations. You are a dedicated, hard working writer and life continues to throw writing material your way. Which you accept. Much love.

Beverly Varnado said...

Thanks my not anonymous friend, Marion, for all your encouragement and help. You have been such an inspiration to me in so many ways. With love and prayer.

RedClayRabbit said...

We knew when we left home for Florida 17 days ago that out little back porch bird family would be all grown up and flying when we returned. Checked first-thing tonight with the flashlight. Empty nest. God is always creating...Bob

Beverly Varnado said...

Yes, He is, Bob. And from what I read, I may have two more broods in our nest before the season is over. More fun to come. Maybe you will, too??

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