On a recent spring morning here in Tennessee Annie made oatmeal while we both listened to a news/talk radio station. Sadly, the only good news we heard was a commercial about a sale on flower garden items. The rest of the news was totally depressing.
Not wanting to hear any more about the spiraling fall of our nation’s economy and the bleak unemployment statistics, and the irresponsible politicians who seem to prefer spending over fixing what’s wrong, we decided to turn the radio off and take our breakfast to the sunroom.
God surely knew that our troubled hearts needed lifting because right outside our window an encouraging reminder of His goodness landed on a metal flower holder. It was my all time favorite bird… the bluebird.
I grabbed my camera and snapped the photo posted here. Seeing the brilliant colors of the male’s feathers through the viewfinder was breathtaking. Add to that sight the soothing sound of its song and I had plenty to bring me out of the doldrums.
As I enjoyed the timely encounter with the bluebird I whispered a prayer of thanks to its Maker and how He, through a small, feathered creature had brought a smile to my emotions. Then I remembered another trait about the bird that caused my soul to feel at peace.
Bluebirds are voracious consumers of insect pests. For that reason, gardeners will go to extreme lengths to attract and keep them in their garden for the protective benefit they provide.
When I recalled this helpful characteristic of the bluebird God quietly reminded me that as long as our family does all we can to make Him welcome in the “garden of our lives” we will enjoy the beauty and the benefit of His presence.
What a comfort it is to know that, like the bluebird that destroys the enemies of a garden, God is willing and fully able to rid our home of the damaging “pests” of uncertainty and fear that swarm around us.
May God help each us do all that is necessary to make Him feel welcome at our homes…as welcome as a bluebird!
He shall cover you with His feathers and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. Psalm 91:4-6
And He said, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence. Psalm 9:3