Crazy bird lady? Not quite yet, but possibly on my way! I have always been fascinated with Aves (Fancy genus name for birds). I have a pretty hefty bird feeding system that stands just in front of the woods behind our home. After many tries at keeping the crafty squirrels and adorable raccoons off the feeder, I can now enjoy these winged wonders as they stop by for the cracked sunflower seeds and dried worms I provide. (Shout out here to Wild Birds Unlimited in Martinez, and a husband more persistent than the varmints, who resolved our dilemma!). And in a nod to my little bushy tailed buddies, I hang dried corn out. They eat it, or hide it, faster than I can resupply!
Cardinals are my most frequent visitors, along with blue jays, chickadees, mocking birds, Carolina wrens, and pine warblers. Occasionally someone more exotic drops by. Once there was a Indigo Bunting…. fancy bird and so beautiful!
Why am I so fascinated by them, I ask myself? They don’t need my birdseed. They are well provided for by the Creator and an endless supply of seeds and bugs and berries. But watching them come and go, I am reminded that, just as the Father cares for and provides for the birds and their needs, He has me and you covered, too!
Matthew 6:26 paints a great picture! “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
And according to Genesis 1:26, looks like I’ve got a legitimate claim to watch over them, not for their benefit, as much as for mine! Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens…
So, that’s my picture on a winter day. I can appreciate my birds, and understand that we are both created, cared for, and loved. Guess you could say I am ‘for the birds’!