"After the Rain~ New Signs of Growth" and included a picture of a mother cardinal sitting on her nest. I have been watching her progress from a little distance, not wanting to disrupt the natural course of events. Tonight I couldn't help but notice that the baby bird had definitely hatched, as he was sitting up in the nest calling for his mother to come feed him. I was able to get a couple of pictures of him with my telephoto lens, watching out of the corner of my eye for the mother bird to come swooping down on me and chase me away. When I heard the father chirp chirp chirping nearby, I quietly stepped away and went on about my business.
|Baby Cardinal in the nest, chirping for it's mama.|
|He was so fuzzy and cute!|
|If you look closely you can see the Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, a|
female Cardinal, and a red flash of a male Cardinal in the tree.
Not wanting to make matters worse, I stepped back inside and kept watching from our sun porch. I noticed one of the male Cardinals flying around by the fence and hopping up and down and still calling frantically. The other birds seems to have disappeared back into the foliage, and just this one brave father kept trying to keep up the fight...but what was he fighting about? Why was he so excited?
Witnessing this event in nature left me feeling sad and defeated. Why hadn't I noticed the snake in the garden when I was out there taking pictures of the happy little baby bird innocently calling for his mama from the nest? I was so focused on the baby that I never saw the danger that apparently was lurking nearby even while I was so close."Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." Genesis 3:14-15
Isn't that just like human nature? So often we are so focused on our happy little life and doing what we want to do that we are unaware of the tempter sneaking his way through the garden of our life, seeking whom he may devour and destroy. I Peter 5:5-9 says:
The good news is that when Christ died on the cross, that old serpent, Satan, was dealt a death blow. Satan thought that by sending Christ to the cross, he, Satan, would finally be able to rule and reign on the earth. What he didn't count on was that Christ did not stay in the tomb...He conquered death and all its foes when He arose victoriously from the grave three days later. Christ is alive today, and is ever interceding on behalf of His beloved creation. Satan will get his final just desserts in the end...read Revelation 20:10...when he is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where he will be tormented day and night forever and ever...
All this because a baby bird got eaten by a snake in my garden? Well, that is just a microcosm of what the serpent Satan has been trying to do to humanity ever since he was expelled from Eden. But we can rejoice, because we know the bigger picture...and the end of the story. If this life is all there is, we are of all people most miserable.