Today started out with a "bang"! I missed it, but my son and husband heard it loud and clear and tried to hold me back from investigating. They wanted to spare me the sadness...
Some people are superstitious when a bird flies into a window. They proclaim it to be a "bad omen", or a sign that something terrible is going to happen to the inhabitants of that house. I am not the least bit concerned about bad luck or such dire predictions. When a bird flies into a window, the only one with "bad luck" was the poor birdie. Such was the "luck" of one handsome red male cardinal today. I am sorry to say that "Pamela's Open Window" was not really open, as this unfortunate racing bird discovered. The impact was sudden and severe. His gravely still supine body laid inertly on my patio. Not a feather ruffled. No overt sign of the impact, but it was obvious he was no longer among the living.
|The Racing Rival...Waiting for the Race to Resume|
Soon a female cardinal joined him in the tree, but I was unable to capture her picture. They were both solemnly watching me as I stood over the still figure of their flock mate expressing my own sorrow at his untimely demise. My son soon arrived with a shovel to take care of the lifeless body of our feathered friend. I sort of wished I could have one of his beautiful feathers to mark this day, but since they were all still intact I did not feel it would be appropriate to pluck one for my own selfish reasons. He was carried to his woodsy grave with all his feathers still covering his now rigid body.
I couldn't help but think about how abruptly life as we know it can end. One minute we are merrily flying through our own little world, racing along with our "flock-mates", and Wham! We get stopped by a Closed Window...whether it be a diagnosis of a serious illness, a horrible accident, the loss of a mate, child, or other precious loved one. It could be an unbelievable storm, fire, flood or other "act of God", wiping away our home and everything familiar and precious in one horrendous disaster. The loss of a job, relationship, marriage, taking captive our ability to trust others and perhaps even our faith in God. Yes, life can be full of "closed windows" taking us completely by surprise. How do we cope? Where do we turn?
I can only speak from God's Word and tell you what I know to be true from my own life: