A Simple Lesson from Nature

When we moved back to the States we found my parent’s place in a neglected state, and there was a pretty sad looking bird feeder on top of an old pole in the middle of the back yard that said it all. It was rotten and rickety, and since no one had lived in the place for over a year the birds paid no attention to the feeder. One day at a garage sale I bought a large birdfeeder for $1, made a pole, attached the feeder, filled it, and sure enough, the birds discovered it and spread the word.


Joyce and I watch them from the back porch and it is interesting to note how differently each species is “natured.” For example, the Blue Jay is pretty, but he is a bully who wants the feeder all to himself and assumes the smaller birds will make way for him. Then there is the quiet dove family who stay together, mostly on the ground, content to eat what others have scattered from the feeder. Occasionally a crow will come, almost never alone, but if he is he calls his family or friends who soon join him. (I have read that crows are very smart, have special calls, one for family, one for enemies, and can even count.) Then there are the “groupies,” small brown sparrows that swarm in and are off again.

But my favorite is the dignified red cardinal. He never engages is histrionics like the mockingbird, who is very nosy and is always talking. Mr. Cardinal usually comes to the feeder after the others have left, and you can know that if you see Mrs. Cardinal by herself, he is somewhere near, maybe the orange tree or the crepe myrtle, watching, keeping an eye on her. (I think they mate for life.)

I watch as they gather for breakfast mornings and am reminded how God has made each unique. Their personalities, the variety of their calls and chirps, the size and color of their feathers; just consider their beaks! Now if the uniqueness of the birds is easily observed, what does that say about how our Creator has fashioned us? And if He cares for them, (“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”) How much more does He care for us? Maybe the birds accept His care better than we do.

We don’t even know what another day will bring forth, let alone another year, but as I consider the simple lesson of the birds it should give me confidence for the future, knowing that God has promised to care for me. We have past experiences to remember and we have the promises in His Word to rely on. What an amazing thing to have a personal relationship with the Creator, Designer, Sustainer, Provider, and most amazing of all, a Redeemer with whom I will spend an eternity.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”