We have a robin who has decided to build her nest right on top of the vent for our stove. (At first I was fearful that she was trying to build it IN the vent. She kept flying back and forth and I couldn’t see anything being built. So, I turned the vent on to keep her from doing so.) And now, for the second year in a row, we have a visitor outside of our kitchen window and we can see her when we stand on the porch.
Now, I’m well aware this isn’t a great Alaska eagle, or a bear, or a moose. It’s “just a robin.” Pretty much anyone who reads this has robins around. But, this little robin, her nest, and her four little babies have captured my attention. (And, to be perfectly frank, I think an eagle or bear or moose would be find the vent to be an unsuitable accommodations. 🙂 )
Therefore, over the past month or so, we’ve been able to stand out on the porch and watch the robin go out to the yard and come back with small twigs and grasses to build her nest. And, in just the past week, we’ve seen her little babies poke their mouths out of the nest to be fed as their mom flies out for worms an other creepy crawly things for them eat. (You can actually see three of the little mouths in the picture above.) And she flies on back and gives some food to each of them.
I don’t think it’s captured the attention of the rest of my family like it has mine. But I’ve been fascinated.
Because we get to watch all of this up close and personal, it has reminded me of what an awesome God we have.
- We have a God who shows up in unexpected places.
- We have a God who knows the importance of things like “home” and “place” — even if that home and place is a nest.
- We have a God who provides for us as the cares for her young.
- We, as God’s ambassadors, are called on to provide for others.
- We have a God who gives us a whole world full of illustrations and parables of his love and care for us.
- If you’re paying attention, you can definitely see God at work in this world of ours.
It’s amazing what you can learn by watching a robin.
Do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?