Archive for July, 2013

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Perhaps you know the song.  And perhaps you are familiar with the passage in the Bible that reads: “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father… Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29, 31)

fallen sparrowThe other day as we drove down the hill into town, my eye caught sight of movement.  It was a tiny bird, a sparrow fluttering furiously.  He was upside down, hanging from the telephone wire, somehow caught by one foot in the cables strung high overhead.  We watched as he struggled to free himself and as we drove on, feeling oh so helpless, I wondered if he would succeed.  Alas, the answer was sadly clear on our way back home.  The little body was still hanging from the wire, fluttering no longer, unable to break free.

My heart was sad to see him hanging there, and still is every time I drive by.  But I was reminded of our great God who cares even for the tiny sparrow so much that He knows when one falls.  How sad He must be to see that little body hanging there, His precious creation snared and dying.  Yet how much more He cares for me, and for you because we are made in His image and are more valuable than many sparrows.

Celebrating Yellow

Our yard is filled with yellow these days.  The gardens are in full bloom and much of that is sunny yellow:

Tiger Lilies

Tiger Lily

Banks of yellow day lilies

Day Lilies

and Moon Beam Coreopsis.

Moon Beam Coreopsis

In additions to flowers, with all the rain we’ve had lately, I’ve noticed an amazing fungus growing on the mulch.  The bright yellow stage lasts for just a few hours before it deteriorates to tan and brown.

Yellow fungusyellow fungus

But perhaps the most amazing yellow in our garden has been this little masked fellow.  All summer long we have been serenaded by this sweet little Common Yellowthroat.  His “witchety witchety witchety” song fills the air during daylight hours.  They normally live in marshy areas but perhaps our neighborhood qualifies now because of all the rain.  We enticed him to come closer by playing a recording of his song on my phone app. (It seems they are quite territorial!)  What a treat to see him up close and personal and he gave us quite a show.  Check out this site for a video of one singing and additional information.

Common Yellowthroat

Wishing you sunshine, whether the sun is out or not!

Celebrating Pink

Those of you who know me well know that pink is not usually my color of choice.  There are occasions, however when pink takes my breath away.  Here are two reasons to celebrate pink:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This male Rose-breasted Grosbeak has been frequenting our suet feeders lately.  He is always exciting to watch.

Hermione

And the bud that “probably wouldn’t bloom” on the Hermione peony I bought at the peony farm is open!  And it’s glorious!

Hooray for pink (at least for today).


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