Does nature boggle your mind, too?
Have you laughed and learned things by observing the natural world in all its glory?
You’re not alone.
I about fell over with laughter this month watching the antics of an amorous sparrow who was desperately seeking a mate.
It all started when I noticed that my neighbor had placed what appeared to be white grocery bags over the side mirrors of her maroon colored CR-V. My curiosity was at an all-time high. I mean, in my 64+ years I thought I’d seen just about everything but this happening was both novel and bizarre.
After our morning walk, my neighbor informed me that the grocery bags were a deterrent to, uh, how to say this delicately, the bird poop left on the mirrors as flirty male sparrows attempted an introduction to the future mothers of their children.
As if on cue, a tiny brown lovebird perched himself on the side mirror of her husband’s truck (sans the bags) and began making out with the image in the mirror! I’m certain there is a Dr. Phil episode covering this irregular first date scenario but, honestly, the hilarity of the performance could not be restrained. It has to be seen to be believed.
A Big Lesson from Watching a Little Birdie
From ants to badgers, eagles to grasshoppers, scripture chronicles numerous animal stories that offer some parallel lesson from their conduct to ours. Even though the sparrow is mentioned more than 40 times, I don’t think the lessons I learned by watching this odd behavior have been reported until now.
Just like my small feathered friend, I’ve been foolish in my own way by chasing after things that were completely self-serving. I won’t bore you with the specifics (you’re dying to know, right?) but let’s just say I’ve run into more brick walls (or in Tweetie’s instance – a mirror) while pursuing stuff I wanted. Often times, it was only when my attempts were thwarted did I see the error of my ways. God may not have used white grocery bags to prevent me from doing something stupid but the methods He did use were just as effective. Thank goodness He always saves me from myself.
Self-Centric v. Others-Centric
Looking out for ourselves – wanting what we want when we want it – maybe natural but it is not scriptural. It disparages biblical principles in so many ways. The “it’s all about me” sentiment does not align with:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“Let no one seek his own, but each one the others well-being.” 1 Corinthians 10:33
“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James 3:16
And one of my favorite passages of scripture –
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Philippians 2:3
Just as I laughed at the sight of the love-sick sparrow, I’m sure my foolish ways have garnered more than a few chuckles from God. Giggles and head shakes. Thank you, Father, for your sense of humor, mercy, and grace. And thank you for teaching me, yet again, from the bounty of your creation.
Be a blessing, dear friend,