When we moved to our new home in Chattanooga, I put out three birdfeeders in our backyard. Throughout this past year, I have seen many variety of birds visit my feeders. There have been bluebirds, eastern towhee, chickadees, cardinals, robins, European starling, brown-headed cowbirds, catbirds, red-wing blackbirds, a common grackle, an Indigo bunting, yellow finches, a downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, and red-bellied woodpecker.
I might mention there have been rabbits, chipmunks, opossums, raccoons, and of course squirrels, that have also gathered for a meal at the Gooden feeders. Judy and I had a red tailed hawk stop by for a few moments. The other critters were not too pleased by his presence.
I was on the porch the other evening, enjoying these variety of birds coming and going from the feeders and I was reminded of what Jesus said: “If you decide for God, living a life of God worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at meal-times or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, or to your outer appearance, than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds...Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now. Don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:25-26,34 The Message)
Disconnect a while! Take time today to enjoy God’s wonderful and beautiful creation. If God cares so much for these creatures, how much more God cares for you!
Oh, guess what just flew by? A bald-headed eagle. Amazing! Simply amazing!
Blessings on your day! – Mark Gooden
Published on Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 4:15 PM EDT