I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest."
At Sunday morning rehearsal before the contemporary service, our bass player, Rob, shows us his newest app on his phone.
"Look what I got for only 99 cents!" He says, beaming.
We are not surprised to see it is an Audubon Guide to Birds. Rob is an avid bird watcher and has loved this hobby since he was a young boy.
While my husband, Danny, and I have a bird feeder in our yard and love to watch our feathered friends, we are far from experts. We rely on Rob whenever we have questions about a species, a particular bird song, or mating/nesting routines.
I ask him, "Why are the birds tearing through the bird seed these days? It seems like I'm refilling the feeder every time I turn around."
"That's because it's nesting time," says Rob. "Lots of activity and lots of eating."
"So," Danny chimes in, "I take it it's too early to plug up the two holes on the side and back of our house where I see birds flying in and out?"
"Absolutely! That's what happens when you have a cedar-sided home in the middle of the woods and maintain a bird feeder. Comes with the territory."
Rob is surely right about that!
For two years running, we host a family of nuthatches under our bedroom window. Danny plugs up the hole the following autumn. It remains secure.
But, the birds are clever. And, very resourceful.
Early in the spring, two sets of nuthatches manage to locate soft spots in the wood of our home. We hear the furious tap-tap-tapping. Persistent. And, loud for such a small bird.
I suppose they think they've found Motel 6 and we've left the light on for them!
And, though it will be a nuisance for Danny to have to seal up two more holes, we enjoy watching these comical, chattering nuthatches swoop in and out. Tending to their young.
Who will grow up all too soon.
And, fly far, far away. To establish their own territories.
To rest in a new home.
Are you a bird watcher? If so, do you have a favorite bird?
Will you pray with me?
We give thanks today, Father, for the wonder and variety of birds You have created. What a joy it is to be greeted by their beautiful songs each morning. To see them feeding. To watch them in flight. May they ever remind us of the miracle that is Your creation. Amen.
Psalms 55 or 138, 139:1-17 (18-23)
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12