Posted by: Leigh Reynolds | June 10, 2013

The Bluejay

I love to look outside our kitchen window and watch the birds. We have several bird feeders and we try and keep them full, so there is usually a lot to look at. This year a family of Bluejays built a nest in the tree just outside the window. This week the babies are learning to fly.bluejay

We also have a cat, Rascal, who is an outdoor cat and a bit of a hunter. This is not a good combination.

On Saturday, as one of the babies was about to take flight for the first time, Rascal was in pounce position. This beautiful baby bird struggled a bit and got a little too low. Rascal got a hold of it. You should have heard the cacophony that began… Momma and daddy bluejay started squawking and dive-bombing this cat. Soon other birds chimed in. In a matter of minutes, there were dozens of birds, different breeds, all swooping at Rascal and squawking like crazy. Rascal looked at us in desperation, but no way we were getting in the middle of that! He finally wised up, dropped the baby bird and we were able to get him inside. The baby bird, with the urging of several other older and wiser birds, managed to get itself into a nearby bush to recoup. In a matter of minutes, all the rest of the birds were back to whatever they were doing, off to their own tree or worm again.

This entire scenario got me thinking… First, I thought is was amazingly cool how all the birds rallied together to save one of their own. Bluejay, cardinal, grackle, dove and more – all working together to save this baby bird. Then I thought about how God has woven Himself into all of nature.  How intricately everything is connected and how we can see glimpses of Him and His plan all around us, if we just look.

How often do we hear about or see someone in need, but we walk on by, avert our attention, maybe pause to say “aw, that’s too bad”, but then we move on?  How often could we make a difference, even just a small one, if we just listened to that small urging within us to do something? And if we did just take a little time to think of others a bit more, our personal bottom line a bit less, what difference could we make?

There is an old expression that a rising tide lifts all ships. Imagine if we all put a little more effort into the community around us. Imagine if we built community again?

Having Wil has led me to consider all of this even more. Most autistic children slowly sink inside of themselves and away from the world, or so it seems. We are so blessed to have so much love around us, encircling him. Someday when he speaks to us, I believe he will tell us that the community that rallied around him is what made all the difference. Imagine if we all rallied around each other in that way?

In Scripture, God tells us over and  over again to love. Love Him first and above all else – and when we do, we will love others better, fiercely, which will in turn bless our lives beyond measure.

Colossians 3:12 “…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another…”
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others…look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Romans 13:9 “…Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm…”
Hebrews 3:13 ” Encourage one another daily…”
1 Timothy 6:18 “…do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share.”
1 Thessalonians 3:12 “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else…”
Galatians 5:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

I have read these verses and dozens more over and over, yet so often I close the Book, walk away and forget to live them.  On this day I am thankful for how God reminds us and gently directs us back to what we need to know.

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