My husband set up a bird feeder right outside our kitchen window. During the summer time he doesn’t put food in it very often because there is so much abundance in nature around us. But now that the weather is getting colder, he put food in it once again.
I find it so beautiful and amazing to watch the different birds from so close up! There they are, maybe a meter away, not realizing that I’m there observing them from so close up!
I watch as
- the regal red cardinal with his black mask,
- the little, black-capped chickadee,
- the little American goldfinch, whose bright yellow summer coat has molted to more drab, but safer colors for winter,
- the long, black-capped, blue-gray nuthatch
all swoop up and grab something to eat.
I love watching them! They are beautiful, intricately made, and just so interesting!
And then I remember what Jesus said,
“26Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 (Berean Study Bible)
Let’s let this realization sink in as we say this together, shall we?
- If the birds are beautiful to me, I am more beautiful to God.
- If the birds are intricately made, so am I!
- If the birds are interesting to me, then God is interested in me!
- If God feeds the birds, He will also provide my needs!
- I am valuable to God!
So, today I am thankful for the privilege of birdwatching, of the beauty of each visitor (both bird and you, blog reader 😊), and of the lessons God teaches us through such small, often ignored creatures!
What about you? Have you ever taken up birdwatching? Are you amazed at the beautiful intricacies of God’s little creatures? How can you become more aware of the beauty around you?
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