Reminders of the circle of life…
For the first time in several years, we had a bird to build a nest on our front porch. In the past the nests have actually been in a shrub just in front of the porch. However this little bird built her nest inside a watering pitcher I had left outside on some shelves next to the front door. The eggs were beautiful, pale pink with burgundy speckles. After doing some research online I discovered that they were the eggs of a Carolina Wren.
Watching this miracle unfold never gets old for me! I check the nest, making sure it is secure and safe, seeing if Mama Bird is there or has left to find food for herself. This little Wren has been a great Mama to her eggs, building them a quite impressive nest for a bird so little. Since I didn’t notice the nest until it was already full of eggs, and promise, I missed the earliest parts of the miracle, but I hoped and prayed I would not miss the last stage.
This time last week, my church family was saying goodbye to our friend Ray, about whom I wrote in my last post. I was unable to attend his funeral because of scheduling, and usually missing that chance to pay respects and find closure would upset me greatly. But somehow, this time, I think it was meant to be that I just remember him as he was the way I saw him last, ringing handbells, singing with the choir and reading Scripture, multi-tasking at church in his customary way.
When I arrived home from work, I checked the nest to see if Mama was there and how the eggs were. The final miracle had begun to happen!
I missed Ray’s funeral…but God gave me comfort and joy on my porch as the baby birds hatched and their new little lives began. He reminded me of the promise of new life we have in Christ, the new life Ray was just beginning in Heaven. He reminded me of the care He has for us, as a bird cares for her eggs, then her hatchlings, providing them with warmth, love and security. Gracious Lord, help me remember that You always keep Your promises, and that You ALWAYS care.