As I write this, I’m sitting on my patio in the cool of the early morning springtime watching a mommy robin feed squiggly brown disgusting things to the little ones in her nest, which she decided to make in a hanging basket outside my back door. When I think of what we used to have for our young’uns to eat back in the 80’s (strained peas and carrots???), I guess to each his own.
Now she’s taking a bit of a break, just sitting on the babes keeping them warm. Not that moms ever really take a break—yep, there she goes again, off to get more disgusting brown squiggly things.
Earlier, we had a little drama. There must have been another robin invading the nearby territory as mom and/or dad went on the offensive. There was a brief but explosive sound of chirps and flurry of feathers as the unwelcome guest made a quick exit. A purple finch came by for quick look and decided those ugly, prune-y looking feather balls were not what he was wanting right now. Off he went also.
Those little hatchlings are pretty helpless, so many possible antagonists waiting for them, even when they were just little blue eggs. (I had visions of shewing away any blue jay that would DARE come near MY robin’s nest!) In fact, to my exceptionally untrained eye, I wouldn’t even know they were robins without recognizing mom and dad constantly watching over them, feeding and caring for them. Nonetheless, these little guys are still, unquestionably, 100% robins. It’ll just take a while to grow into their flight feathers and distinguishable markings.
And if God has planned this for such as these, would He not also care for us in the same way?
- He knows the harsh realities of a sinful and fallen creation, of spiritual enemies and false “parents” that would try to invade the domain in which He has set up for me as I continue to grow up in Him.
- He also knows the best kind of nourishment needed at each stage of my growth, (as distasteful as it may be at the time…)
- He knows there will be other “beauties” that will come to see what He’s doing in my life, and fly away disinterested.
More importantly, He also knows my (new) DNA—that regardless of what I may look like now—puny, wrinkled, with no possibility of flight at this time—the reality is that I’m 100% His new creation.
And soon, I’ll be poised on the edge of nest. Blue jays, beware.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
1 Corinthians 5:17 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.