When the Lord gave me a children’s book story involving birds, I wrote it. It hasn’t been released yet for publication, but it is finished and waiting.
However, I wrote the story because of the Lord’s inspiration. I didn’t stop to think about birds—they were just the right vehicle to carry the story. I have seen small birds defend their nests from huge predators. I’ve been attacked by seagulls for getting too close to their nests. One of my heartwarming memories is the bird couple that built a nest in my garden center and became so attached to me that—thinking that I needed protection—they squared off against a hawk. When their babies left the nest for the first time, the babies hopped up into my lap for a visit before they flew away.
Most birds mate for life. One of my heartbreaking memories is getting home just in time to see a large raccoon lumber across our neighbor’s yard with blue feathers sticking out of both sides of its mouth and a California scrub jay desperately attacking the coon in an unsuccessful attempt to save its mate. The poor bird sat in the tree where his spouse lost her life for days emitting ear-shattering cries of anguish.
Still, I never realized the nobility of birds until this spring. Perhaps it’s the covid-slowed world that made me recognize it. Birds do. They simply do. They do what God has created them to do. They don’t wait for recognition from a music award ceremony or accolades from their church choir before they sing the songs the Creator of the universe gave them to sing…they just do.
Birds don’t wait for favorable or comfortable conditions to gather food. They do. They just do.
Birds don’t wait for good weather to collect material for their nests…they do. They just do. Birds simply do what God created them to. Without complaining. Without stopping. Without procrastination. Without recognition. Without complaining. And with the courage to send off a predator ten times their size.
The world would be a better place if humans practiced the nobility of birds. If they learned to do what God has created them to do. Without complaining. Without stopping. Without procrastination. Without recognition. Without complaining. And with courage, not fear.
“And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
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8 thoughts on “The Nobility of Birds”
I noticed the birds singing this morning as I climbed out of bed. I’m thankful the Lord gave them a song. I enjoyed reading this piece. We should ll do what Jesus made us to do. Life would be less complicated.
Amen. Life would be much less complicated if we just followed God. May He bless you richly.
Nature is all around us, teaching us the lessons our Lord has for us. All we have to do is pay attention. Thanks for the reminder, Steph.
Thank you, Sharon. You are right. God has written Himself into all the world. God bless.
Lovely, Steph. You have a way of pinpointing these natural wonders and making us look at them anew. I loved this. And I was just thinking…where’s Steph’s new book? It’s been a while since you published one xxx
Thanks, Val. I actually have two books at the editor’s right now, a children’s book and another cozy. Hope the cozy will be out soon. The pictures for the children’s book are done…but proving a hassle when it comes to releasing the book.xxx
Ooh, that’s exciting news! Let us know when they’re ready! The cozy is already bought, but you know that! 😄
Thanks, Val. The cozy should be out this weekend. “Save our Egg” is out – according to Amazon – but there are no pictures and text! So….