On what is celebrated as Earth Day, I suppose it’s fitting to reflect on the nature preserve that my yard has become…duck eggs and robins’ nests and ‘possums – oh my! But bugs and inchworms, too, Lord?
Just when I thought Spring wouldn’t bring anything else into my yard, I have been proven wrong – over and over and over again! Apparently, the animal world has telegraphed something about my hubby being the Jack Hanna of Charlotte, because we’ve had a robin building a nest atop the corner post of our front porch for the past couple of weeks. It was comical and almost ironic to arrive home from vacation to see the nest-building material strewn across the porch and hanging baskets – maybe we’re hosting a bird timeshare, unbeknownst to us?
Now, the small, blue eggs are laid and the mother robin greets us with that big ol’ lidless bird eye every time we’re on our porch. So I do the only proper thing – I say “good morning” to her as she stares at me and guards the nest from her perch. She doesn’t even fly away anymore as we open the front door to leave for school and work each day. Maybe we’re getting the benefits of a pet – I dunno.
As if that weren’t enough, my hubby recently sent me an e-mail entitled “guess who’s in the yard today?” I earnestly prayed it wasn’t another opossum. My prayer was granted; as I opened the attachment, I saw two ducks in the photo. Whew! What I didn’t know was that they’d carefully and intentionally selected our yard as the site to lay and hatch their eggs…I presume they like rosebushes near the ground and underneath children’s bedroom windows. I fully expect to see fuzzy baby ducks waddling around pretty soon.
As I watch my hubby’s flurry of activity around the yard to make it habitable and enjoyable for his family, I visualize Jesus with a bird balancing on His index finger and remember that He created all this stuff, so I may as well get with the program and appreciate it. 🙂 May we reverence the Creator more than the creation…
“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”
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