“You Can Observe a Lot by Just Watching”

You Can Observe a Lot by Just Watching                                                                                                                                                                                          Yogi Berra
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.                                                                                                                        Jeremiah 29:11 

We have a robin who has built her nest in a wreath on our front door. This must have been a good idea for her, since she is the second bird who has built a nest in that wreath this spring. It is not, however, a good idea for us. She had built the nest pretty quickly, and we really only took notice after she had laid her eggs. We decided that we would give her as much privacy as one can, given that the nest is on a door that does need to open periodically.

We decided to use other egress out of the house when we would leave- usually the garage, or the door to the deck. She has become as comfortable as a bird can be under the circumstances, living just on the other side of our door, and always visible through the windows on the door.

The other day while working in the front yard, I upset her and her boisterous mate who jealously helps her guard “their territory”. They squawk, yell, chirp and make whatever other bird sounds that signal – I suppose – fear and anger.

I thought about this from another perspective. This is my house, and they are mad because I am present on my own property. I mean them no harm. In fact, we have gone out of our way to give them a safe place, undisturbed (generally) for them to prosper. If they only knew that we are trying to help them and protect them so that they can launch their little ones into the world.

Yet they are skittish, angry at my presence, and feel threatened when we get too close.

Then I thought about how we sometimes treat God in his creation. We sometimes fail to remember his love and protection for us, even becoming angry at him when our plans go awry. He means for us to prosper, even when we don’t understand the situation.

Prayer: Thank you for your plans, your ways, which are higher than our ways, Amen

 

2 thoughts on ““You Can Observe a Lot by Just Watching”

  1. Thank you for these words, John. I’m reflecting today on how quickly I too respond from my circumstances without consideration of those on the other side of the door. Thank you the reminder to pause and genuinely consider another’s journey.

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