To me there is nothing quite like the early morning hours in the summertime. I thoroughly enjoy getting up early, getting a fresh cup of coffee, and going to sit on my back porch and listening to the birds as they sing. Their sweet melodies drift through the air while they are busy about their morning rituals. Their songs remind me of one simple truth - God’s love for us.
I love to watch and listen to our native birds of Southern West Virginia. One of my favorites is my daily visiting Humming Birds. I could watch them dart about for hours as they halt at my Humming Bird feeder to get a quick drink of nectar. It amazes me at how fast those tiny creatures are and how they hang in the air with the vibrating sound of their tiny wings.
Another of my favorites to watch is the Robin with its bright orange chest hopping around the freshly mown lawn. These, too, fascinate me while they look and listen for worms. I think it is so interesting at how they can find a worm by bouncing from spot to spot and tilting their heads side to side. It never fails that they always know the exact spot to drive their beaks into the ground and pull up the worm that they have been waiting for.
I have a Bluebird box in my yard and these little creatures are another of my favorites to watch. It amazes me at how they can pack so much into that small box in order to build a nest for their eggs. Then after the eggs hatch, I love to watch the male and female work together to attempt to keep all of their babies fed. They work so hard at hunting food and bringing it back to those chirping babies. For years I have enjoyed watching my Bluebirds but I have never been able to see the babies leave the nest. It is like they are there one day and then I wake up and they are all gone.
As I mentioned earlier I cannot watch these beautiful creatures or hear their lovely melodies without thinking about God’s love for us. Every morning as I sit on my back porch and enjoy my little neighbors flying and chirping I always think of the Bible verse Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are.” In Psalms 50:11 it also says, “I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are mine.” If our Heavenly Father loves these little creatures so much that He knows each and every one of them, can we really even fathom His love for us?
It really is hard for me to comprehend the depth of God’s love. I also know that the Bible says that “God is love” in I John 4:8. That statement within itself when really mediated upon is so difficult to grasp. That kind of love and the gravity and weight that comes with that is simply unimaginable within my mind’s eye.
In Luke 12:6 it says “Five sparrows are sold for just two pennies, but God doesn’t forget a one of them.” Again, God’s word proves that He has such unconditional love for His creation. Once again, I cannot comprehend His love. I truly do not think that we will ever understand the depth of His love for us. If He loves His creation, and His word speaks of His love for the birds of the air, then how great is His love for us?
I certainly cannot imagine asking one of my children to die! I would much rather give my own life than to let my child suffer for me or for the sin of others. God’s love is truly immeasurable. If only we could love each other the way that God loves us. If only we could love just a fraction of the way that He loves us. Imagine the kind of world we could create if we could love like God loves. Imagine the kind of life we could have if we honestly loved God in return the way that He so generously loves us.
Just this morning while drinking my coffee I heard the sound of an early morning Woodpecker knocking for his breakfast. While listening to that bird I thought about the way that our Father knocks at our hearts door. He loves us and He wants us to accept His love and His free gift of salvation. He is always there. He never leaves. He never stops loving. The next time you hear a song bird or see a bird flying or perching nearby, just remember that God loves that bird. More importantly remember that God loves you much more than He loves that bird!