It was such a pleasant morning so we did lots of work - yard work and also cleaning house. After lunch I was bushed! I enjoy taking a short rest time each day if possible. Maybe a power nap even. Today, it was so nice, I rested out on my deck with a book and my camera.
Meadowlarks, robins, red-wing black birds, grackles, finches, the woodpecker, the purple martins, and sparrows. Sooo beautiful!
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For a while, the siblings and parents were all flying around the nest, chirping at the one in the nest. Fly with us! It is soooo fun! But the one in the nest just dug himself further in the nest. It was not interested in flying.
Here are the parents trying to prod the baby out.
And finally, it decided it might be just the thing to do. It took most of the day.
An interesting thing about them - unlike robins who leave the nest for good, the barn swallows have continued to return to the nest at night.
It made me think about people. When one decides to follow Jesus, it is like the birds who have learned to fly. There is just a joy in this new life! (like the little birds flying with such joy!) But some are content where they are and are not at all interested in learning what it means to love Him and what being a Christian is about. (like both the robin and swallow babies I watched who were just so reluctant to leave the nest)
Some, like robins, give their lives to Christ, and they continue on with Him. They love the freedom! But like barn swallows, some Christians love that "old nest", the old way of life. So, sometimes they will soar with Him, and at other times go back to that place where they feel comfortable.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deut. 6:5
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(from my friend Mary Ellen)