I can tell I am getting older- because I’m starting to enjoy doing weird things. Ok, not completely weird– just different.
Like bird watching.
My girls came home the other day from a friend’s house with an entire box full of “bird food”- pine cones, smeared in peanut butter and then rolled in bird seed. Yes, it was just as messy as it sounds.
Right before our first snowfall, I placed a few pinecones in each of the empty flower pots that sat on our deck. We woke up one morning to a winter wonderland, and as I cooked breakfast, I heard the sweetest bird singing his little heart out.
Who knew? If you feed them- they will come.
Perched on the railing of our deck, he bobbed his head up and down as he sang out into the back yard.
I watched as his friends began to join him on the deck.
It was the coolest thing. I just knew he was signaling his friends that he found food. I cleaned up the dishes as I watched through the kitchen window. Finches, bluebirds, wrens, and even a cardinal came to the feast.
I have begun to look forward to seeing these little guys every morning. My husband jokingly asked me the other day if I have started naming them…. well, not yet, but now I’m thinking about it!
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26
It makes me wonder what else I have been missing out on all these years. All it took was a little effort on my part, and the return on JOY I have received has been twofold! And to think- these birds have been here all along….all it took was a little bit of seed-throwing and now they are a lovely part of my day.
Remember this–a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 2 Corinthians 9:6