More Spring Sightings

8 Apr

Are you familiar with the Common Grackle? I wasn’t until I saw several of them dutifully working in my back yard. A Grackle is a streamlined shaped blackbird with a head of shiny dark blue feathers. I see they are busy birds, chasing other birds away as they peruse my yard for suitable nesting materials. I watched one this morning chase off two Robins while filling a beak with dried grasses and stringy brown plant matter from one of the landscape beds I could see from my desk window. I looked up information on the Grackle and it is considered a bossy bird and sometimes aggressive. The name of the bird suggests to some historians dating back to the 1700s — courage or courageous. (Hence the aggression?) I watched today as Mr. or Mrs. Grackle flew in and out of a tall shrub we have near the house with a beak full of nesting materials.

God’s creatures are wonderful, mysterious, precious and fun! How much we can learn of God’s good graces by watching nature. My bird watching taught me many scriptural messages this morning.

Job 12:7-10 

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

Matthew 6:28-30 

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you?

Psalm 104:24

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

How brave is the Common Grackle to provide stable shelter for its future young!

What lessons have you learned from nature in recent days?

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