Bird Watching

This morning, when I looked out my back door, I noticed a squirrel hanging between our bird feeder and the post that it hangs on. I showed Ryan then, let our dog out to chase the squirrel off. A little bit later I walked back into the kitchen to see that there were two birds at the feeder. They both flew away, but as I stood there, the larger one came back and began to eat. I called to Ryan to come quietly and slowly in the kitchen so that he could see. He was mostly quiet, but there was nothing slow about his entrance! The bird didn’t fly away immediately, though and Ryan got to see a female cardinal.

Female Cardinal by Steve Baranoff

Seconds after Ryan came into the kitchen, the bird flew over to the branch with her friend (also a female cardinal, but smaller), then they flew away from our yard and sight. As we exited the kitchen, Ryan said, “We must take care of the birds. God made them living creatures, you know. We have to help them live.”

I wanted to LOL, but instead I CTM — chuckled to myself — then gave him a hug for being so sweet. I had three immediate thoughts in response to Ryan’s comment.

  1. I am so glad that he is beginning to understand that life is precious and that we are to handle it knowing that God created it and wants us to preserve it to His glory.
  2. God cares for the life that He created and He is sovereign over it. He has given us a role in helping others live, but He ultimately provides for all life.
  3. God is fully sovereign over whether any live or die — physically or spiritually.

Within all three of those is a discussion that could go on and one. The first and last thoughts are the center of many heated debates. I’m not going to get into it all, but will leave the thoughts with these statements from Jesus.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

John 6:35, 51


Jesus also said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

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