Hello and happy New Year!
Do you know the expression “free as a bird”? Well, that’s the case for our daily visitors.
My mom loves wild birds, so she has a bird feeder in the backyard. It is like a big plate where she puts very ripe bananas (otherwise our guests won’t eat them; talk about picky eaters!) and seeds. We see different sorts of birds all year round: the Yigüirro (Clay-colored Thrush – Turdus grayi) Costa Rica’s national bird, it is a plain looking bird, but has a lovely song; Great Kiskadees (Pitangus sulphuratus), Inca Doves (columbina inca) and White Winged Doves (zenaida asiatica). My favourite to watch are the Blue Tanagers (Thraupis episcopus) because of their colour and the fact that they have a partner for life amazes me, and our tiniest and funniest visitors, the Rufous-collared Sparrows (zonotrichia capensis).
All of them come and go as they please, so several times a day we get serenaded by them; on occasions it’s like they form an ensemble. Listening to their melodies makes me appreciate that I can hear.
I usually can’t tell them apart (between their own species), but there is one in particular that I have. I noticed that he [yes, it strikes me as a he] stayed in the wall waiting for all to finish eating and when they were gone, he’d come down to eat what was left (if there was anything). He flapped his wings to keep his balance when he was bending over to reach for the seeds; then I observed he was missing one leg. I started paying attention for the moment when the majority of birds would leave, so I could take out and serve a bunch of seeds just for him. Then I would look for a spot where I could watch over him, to make sure he would eat. As I watched closely, I was able to observe that he did have his leg, but he wouldn’t put it down; I also noticed that another sparrow would appear from the bushes, eat beside him but mainly stayed on the lookout.
Something must have happened to this little guy and he didn’t give up, he didn’t wallow in self-pity in his nest, and I bet he didn’t complain to his family and friends. He adapted and carried on with his life.
Many months have passed and I have watched him improve; and I know this because when I thought he had disappeared for a while, he actually hadn’t. He comes with two sparrow friends at the same time with the rest of the birds; I spotted him because I saw a little bird standing in two legs, with a foot with no toes picking seeds off the ground.
My little friend reminded me of this passage:
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
God has His ways of working and He will provide, just have Faith!
I wish you a year filled with joy and hope!