In winter, when all the leaves are off the trees, you see things that are not visible when foliage is full. We have found several nests recently and looking at their structure causes amazement and wonder. Birds are master builders using various materials to form nests that perfectly meet the needs of their species.
The small nest in the picture above has sticks that form the outside shape, then grasses, and an inside layer of fine, soft fibers. Perfectly suited for this small bird’s eggs.
Nests are made in a wide variety of sizes and materials. We found one that was almost exclusively sticks, nothing soft or cushiony about it. A humming bird nest found in our forsythia bush is tiny, just as the birds who built it are.
I can see some large nests very high in the poplar tress on the ridge behind our house. I would love to see inside the nests and see how they are constructed. I am not sure what kind of birds built these nests, but they must be large.
I will NOT be climbing any ladders to check them out. Please Phil, don’t get your ladder out!
Phil is engaging in his yearly perusal of garden catalogs. He has already ordered some seeds and is planning where he will plant things this year. I think Phil especially enjoys doing this because of the anticipation of a harvest. That is a long way off from our current winter weather, but Phil loves being outside and planning the garden is a sign to him that winter will end and spring, summer, and fall will come in succession.
Jesus refers to planting in this passage in Luke 13: 18-20 AMP
18 So this led Him to say, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?
19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky found shelter and nested in its branches.”
What struck me about this passage that Jesus used to describe the kingdom of God is the result of the man’s planting.
I would assume he planted mustard seeds to get mustard. (which by the way is my favorite condiment) The verses do not say anything about the man planting seeds to get a tree so that birds could nest in it!
Yet that is just what happened, and what Jesus compared to the kingdom of God.
What this spoke to me was the fact that we as “gardeners” will plant “seeds”, but the end results may be very different than we planned. Or, there may be additional results that are totally unexpected!
This is so true with children and grandchildren, isn’t it?
How I want to embrace this aspect of the Kingdom of God.
God’s kingdom is the place where God reigns – where God’s authority rules.
That place must be my heart.
I must be willing to let “seeds” I plant produce mustard, or grow into large trees so that others can find shelter and nest.
I will plant – God is in charge of the results.
God’s will – God’s way.
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