If you know me at all, or have read some of my posts, you know I LOVE God’s creation … from the tiniest Lady Bug crawling on my blade of St. Augustine grass in the front yard to the Majestic Mount Rainer in Washington State and everything in between. Also, you don’t have to be around me very long to know I also love birds. I feed the wild birds in my yard and love to watch them flitting around and singing and just doing what birds do. I have around 21 different types of birds that visit my yard every year and this year I saw my first Eastern Blue Bird. It was beautiful.
One of the things I provide for my feathered friends, other than bird seed and suet, are a few bird houses scattered around for the little guys and gals to nest and raise their babies in. My favorite bird house is one that hangs in the tree directly in front of my kitchen window. It has housed numbers of clutches over the six years that we have lived here. Sometimes four a summer – starting around April until late Summer. It is an absolute joy for my folks and me to watch the progression of these babies. I get pictures of the eggs, then the tiny, little ugly things, then they grow so fast and before you know it the little ones are poking their head out for that morsel that the mommy or the daddy sparrow has brought. They are silent as can be until their mommy or daddy sparrow shows up on the porch of the house and then they become a noisy and boisterous bunch. They scramble over each other to get to the tasty bug first. It is the greatest thing to watch the drama in front of my kitchen window. Then, when it’s time to leave the nest it is even more fun! I have helped the little ones across the street into the row of shrubs that grow along my neighbor’s house – not picking them up but escorting them by shushing them with my arms and stopping traffic if I have to – until they are safe and sound with mommy and daddy sparrow that are waiting for them and chirping wildly until they are safe and sound. That hedgerow of bushes is the “safe” place for the little ones with their parents after they have fledged and leave the bird house. I guess all the babies from the surrounding nests go there because there is always a bunch of chirping and a flurry of activity going on in those bushes. I just love my little Sparrows and their chirp. No… they don’t have a beautiful song that lilts through the air like the House Wren or the beautiful, crisp song of the Northern Cardinal, but they chirp, chirp, chirp and I love them!
Some time back, I found a bird group on the internet entitled “The Sparrow Project”. I clicked join and I was in hopes that this “project” or group would help me learn more about my beloved House Sparrows. I just love those little guys. So, as I received the first email after joining this group I began to read the guidelines and what is expected of me as a member. It appalled me! The information was instructing me to take the eggs out of the nest when I find House Sparrow eggs. I read on… it said that they were trying to diminish the population of House Sparrows because they are having an adverse effect on the Song Bird population. I thought “how in the world would that be?” After replying to the email I was informed that there are reported cases of the House Sparrows actually being aggressive with the Song Birds in someone’s area and not allowing them to feed at the feeders. This is a link to the article about “Managing House Sparrows and European Starlings”. Well, I have been a “bird-watcher” for at least 15 years and I can say, without a doubt, I have NEVER seen any House Sparrow attack or keep another species of bird from feeding at my feeders! All 21 varieties of birds get along just fine together. I offer several feeders for various sizes of birds from the big Grackle to the tiniest Tufted Titmouse. However, yesterday I did witness a Starling shoo away a Red Bellied Woodpecker from a suet cake. I was shocked. I was certain that the Red Bellied Woodpecker would be higher up on the food chain and therefore have seniority over the feeder with a Starling. Oh well… that was the first and only time I have ever seen anything like that. Actually the Starling didn’t shoo him away, the Woodpecker just backed off until the Starling left.
Well, this post isn’t really all about birds, or just about birds. I do have a comparison with the Daddy Sparrow at the bird house that is hanging in a tree directly in front of my kitchen window … and the recent turn of events in my life though. Read on to find out how I bring it all together… well, actually, how God brings it all together with my fingers doing the work as to what He tells me to type.
You see, I need to tell you about the daddy Sparrow that sits on the porch of the bird house that is hanging in the tree directly in front of my kitchen window. The normal routine every spring is a daddy sparrow begins to build the nest. He brings in all sorts of materials to build this nest that will be home to him, his mommy sparrow and their babies (usually 1-3 babies in a clutch). So the daddy sparrow builds the nest almost entirely on his own. In the meantime, he sits and chirps on the porch of the bird house. He is chirping for a momma sparrow. He sits and chirps, and chirps, and chirps, and chirps. All day long – literally! All Day … until a momma sparrow finds him attractive and the nest meets her approval and then she decides this is the place to be. So they consummate the relationship and it all begins. The consummation is usually a quick 5-6 times on the porch and then she hops inside the house and begins to take up building the nest to suit her needs. You see, he begins the nest building but she puts the “momma sparrow” touch to it. Usually stuffing it with much more grass and straw and anything she can find to make it a nice soft nesting place for her babies to call “home”.
Now, this happens for every clutch that is laid and hatches. This same routine of consummating the relationship and then all else is downhill from there. I am not sure if it is the same momma and daddy sparrow throughout the summer, but they seem to know the lay of the land and just keep having babies all summer long. They are very prolific little ones.
This Spring has been a bit different, though. I had taken the house down over the winter and cleaned it out and put it back up just before Spring. Finally, in mid-April, a daddy sparrow begins to build and chirp, build and chirp, build and chirp. It is fascinating to watch him drag things into the little house. Then he hops out on the porch and chirps and chirps and chirps, in hopes that very special momma sparrow will come to be his momma sparrow. Day in and day out, he sits there and chirps and chirps. I actually know for a fact that he sat there for at least 3-4 days straight and chirped all day long! Very seldom leaving. This worried me … probably more than it should… you see, I pray for the little guy every day that God will bring him a momma sparrow. I know… some folks thinks it is a silly thing to do, but I do it anyway.
Then one day… I stepped to the front door. The inside door was open so I could see through the storm door. I looked over to the birdhouse and saw a momma sparrow on the porch with the daddy sparrow. I got as excited as the little daddy sparrow. It was the cutest thing I had ever seen. He hopped and danced all over that front porch. She would bow and flutter her wings and then he hopped on her and then off and danced around some more. She would bow and flutter her wings again and then he would hop on her again. This went on for about a minute. He must have consummated at least 5-6 times. I have never witnessed a bird being so excited. After all, he had sat and chirped for 3 weeks solid. He was lonely and was so excited to finally have a momma sparrow to have a family with!
Then it happened! As quickly as the momma sparrow was there she was G-O-N-E! She flew off and left him sitting there on the front porch! He sat there and chirped and chirped in hopes that she would come back! Heck, she left without even checking out the nest he built. The poor little thing was confused. He looked around and back and forth and was chirping trying to find his newly found momma sparrow to no avail! She left and he nor I have seen her since! He had chirped so hard and long for a momma, he found her and then in less than two minutes, she was there and then she vanished! I have never witnessed that either.
I have said ALL of that to say this… when I saw his distress and confusion in the whole ordeal, I instantly heard a message from God… ok, I know you are probably thinking I have lost my mind. No, I haven’t! I just know what I heard and then I knew what comparison there was to draw from this. It was clear as can be.
Hold On … you may be surprised at my comparison…
I likened this to my job that I just lost. The job that I was so excited to have after such a long time. A job that I had prayed about and waited and waited and waited some more. I had a Training job finally and then … almost in the blink of an eye… it was gone! In 64 days I went from being elated to totally blindsided and in total confusion and dismay at being let go. The job was no-where to be found. It vanished almost as quickly as it appeared! I was in so much pain and misery and when I saw the confusion on the little daddy sparrow’s face (yes – there was confusion!) I related to that. He had waited for something for so long, it was finally here and then it was gone as fast as it had arrived! It made absolutely NO SENSE to him or me why that momma bird took off so quickly and never came back! It was something I had NEVER seen happen. It also made NO SENSE to me why the job I loved was no longer there. I have never had that happen in all my years of working. I was so confused and so distraught for days.
Then I heard that sweet, still, small voice that I love! It spoke reassurance and peace and hope into my soul. “You are much more important than this sparrow or a million sparrows. I have the perfect plan for you, Leah. Just hang on and trust Me.” Now, unlike me, that little daddy sparrow has no idea why momma sparrow left nor does he have that still, small voice whispering to his soul… “It will be alright.” At least I don’t know that he does. I do, however, know God’s Word says He has a plan for my life and it is the perfect plan. I am not sure about a “plan” for that little sparrow’s life. I don’t know, but I do now my God will never leave me nor forsake me. He may keep me waiting for a while, but He will never forsake. After all, He calls me His beloved! There is bound to be a reason all of that happened. It may have been for someone else and not for me. I don’t know but I do know this…
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
And I love God with all my heart, soul and mind… I also know this..
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[b] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Because I know this about my God, I know I will be OK… better than OK. I will be great because God has me on His mind. He loves me and I am His! I have a hope and I know He holds my future in His hand. After all He calls me His beloved!
He loves you just as He loves me. If you know this God of mine, wonderful! If you do not know Him, click this link. This will take you to a website called Bible.org. This article will explain what it means to follow Christ Jesus. It will explain some things that may have been questions in your mind before. Never forget that God loves you and you are always on His mind. After all, He calls you His beloved too!
I am including a song that I have recently used, but because it is about the Sparrow… I want to include it again.
The Song – His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Sandi Patty
The Song – I Know The Plans (Audrey’s Song) Damaris