Sunday, June 2, 2013
Flying the Coop
We have babies! Well, baby Cardinals that is right out front in our lilac tree. I've been watching them the last couple of week.
I thought, at first, they were barn swallows because I had two barn swallows, male and female, having a fit at me one day on the porch.
I showed them to Beki and then skipped a few days and what a difference a few days can make. As I pulled back the branches to check on them, one of the pair flew right out of the nest and onto the driveway.
I was worried he was too small to leave the nest and, with gloves, I scooped him back up and put him back in.
However, later I was watching out the window to make sure mom and dad were coming and they were, I saw him sitting on the top of the tree. Of course, I ran to get the camera and as I came back he, again, flew out of the tree and landed in the garden.
He sat in the garden and watched me for awhile, then jumped up onto the porch.
As mom and dad were chirping and carrying on, the little guy flies into one or our bushes and, finally, found himself down into the backyard and into the woods.
I could hear him somewhere in the bushes and mom and dad were continuing to follow him. You could tell they were worried by the way they were carrying on or maybe they were coaxing him to join them. But, they never left him. When I went out to check this morning, baby 2 was also gone. I hope they make it ok out in this great big world. I'm pretty sure they had really good parents who will show them the way.
Isn't that just like life. We nurture and teach our children, then one day unexpectedly they take wings and fly the coop. They think they are all grown up, that they don't need us anymore, but then you get that call...the one that says "I still need you."
We pray that everything we teach them, faith in God, self confidence, respect for others, respect for money, taking care and having pride in your belongings, building relationships, work ethic, will stay with them. Even though they are out of the nest, we continue to guide them. Baby bird still needed mom and dad to show him the way just the same as our children will continue to need us and the same as we continue to need our Heavenly Father to guide us. We don't always agree with the choices our kids make, but we will never forsake them, we are always there for them. How much more so does God love us and wants what is good for us.
He is always there and He will never forsake us.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8