A Banquet for Birds

A Banquet for Birds

Like any good southern girl, I hang Boston ferns out on my porch every year in late May. It just makes the whole, sweet-tea-fanning-yourself-watching-the-neighbors-go-by-summertime atmosphere. Within a week, we typically have birds’ nests built in two or three of the ferns. This year, we were treated to three nests! It’s pure fun to watch the little blue eggs appear, to try to time when they’ll crack open and to witness the teeny birds grow and change. Then one day, while you’re at the grocery store or out on a walk, they fly away, and you’re left with a dehydrated, lonely fern, wondering where the time went!

As I go about my business during the summer days, I can hear the babies cheep-cheeping as their mama brings them food every half hour or so. All day long, I hear them. This morning, as I spent time with the Lord, the mama bird fed her babies, and I heard their cries. I thought to myself, that mama is so faithful! She never abandons them. She prepared a safe home for them, she kept them warm, ushered them into life, and now she feeds them all day long. They don’t want for a thing.

I felt an affinity with those little baby birds, as I considered how God feeds me. Faithfully, He nourishes me with His Word and protects me in my utter helplessness and dependence. He never abandons me. Even when He’s not in my sight, I know that He is nearby, and He will return to meet my needs. All I have to do is receive what He is offering.

How does the Lord nourish you? Have you seen Him meet your needs in a fresh, new way today?

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Erica Rountree is a freelance writer and the communications director at Action Ministries Inc.  She lives and works in Marietta, Georgia, where she’s a member of a neighborhood Bible study and mama to two girls who constantly outsmart her and drive her to drink sweet tea. She punctually procrastinates about updating her blog at www.1hotmom.blogspot.com

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