Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

DSC_0072All of a sudden, after several weeks without much activity, the population of local birds is all over our feeders. We’re not sure if it was the drought, the migration patterns, or the two-month presence of a very active hawk family (my money is on the hawks), but – other than a pair of cardinals – the birds had all been gone for most of the summer.

I’d have been happy for the hawks to stay around if it would have meant the end of the squirrels, but they’ve moved on now and it really is good to finally have the birds back.

In addition, some hummingbirds have discovered the splash of red color in the corner of Rebekah’s garden, and it’s been a delight to watch them dance around.

DSC_0099I’m pleased to have a few photographs to share, but there are a couple of reasons my images are not the best. 1) – Patience: I simply don’t have it. Typically, I see a bird while I’m walking through the kitchen, or cooking; so I run upstairs for my camera; but usually they’re long gone before I get back. 2) – I need a more appropriate lens for my Nikon. I simply can’t get close enough with the one I have. But the lens I need runs considerably more than $1,000, so I guess I’ll have to work on my stealth instead!

I think what attracts me about the birds is the sense of freedom and of joy they seem to embrace. They swoop in at tremendous speeds, stop on a dime, then launch themselves effortlessly into the trees. They project an almost lighthearted orientation, as if every day is theirs to enjoy, as if they were made to live on a wing and a prayer.

DSC_0108-001Jesus must have felt the same way, because he pointed them out as an example for his most essential teaching:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” – Matthew 6:25-27

Just look at them! It’s like they know something that we’re supposed to understand, too. What a beautiful world we live in; what amazing lessons if only we pay attention.

  • DEREK

4 thoughts on “look at the birds of the air… can any of you by worrying add a single hour?

  1. tmcasciano says:

    Beautiful pictures and perfect scripture!

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  2. thedreamyroamer says:

    Earlier today I found God again after a few years adrift, and this was one of the first passages I read in the bible this morning. It showed me how anxious I had been without God, and then I log online and this is the top blog post for me to read. Beautiful!

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    1. derekmaul says:

      Thanks so much for sharing. Peace to you

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