Every winter I try to capture inspiring views that I might see upon our travels, our walks, excursions into our back yard as well as the view from our kitchen window. Yesterday was one of those days, where as I glanced outside our window, I was greeted by a gorgeous cardinal at our window feeder.
Generally I find that the cardinals arrive and leave quickly, so as I watched for a bit, I realized that this particular cardinal was staying as he took his fill in feed. The squirrels were obviously busy elsewhere, leaving the feeders free for the flying species I specifically put the feeders out for.
I love when I see the feeders filled to capacity with a variation of birds. What is it about birds at the feeders that puts a smile in my heart is unknown. Maybe it is the freedom they have, the simplicity of life they enjoy, despite the hard work they endure in order to survive and stay warm.
The variation of birds that we see in the winter, range from chickadees, goldfinches, purple finches, nuthatches, among others with the cardinals being my favorite. Their deep brilliant color seen on the males, captivates my attention as I seek to see where their female mate might be at. Their flight is so swift that you can easily miss their presence as they quickly flee with our human noise of activity.
Yesterday I captured some beautiful shots, from inside our home, of one cardinal who visited our feeder outside our kitchen window. This particular cardinal who decided to stay perched was out of character of what we normally see. When I realized that he was staying to enjoy the food we had, I quietly grabbed my camera in hopes to captivate his colorful beauty. Despite the flash and the fact that I took the pictures from within the house, I was thrilled with the outcome as well as appreciated him not being frightened away.
Amidst my interesting day, I was given the opportunity to see beyond the obstacles of life, to view the natural beauty which surrounds us every day, yet so easily taken for granted. I was reminded of one scripture verse that shares that our worries are not meant to consume us, but rather give us reason to trust.
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
I believe in how the Lord intervenes in our daily lives. Life can have a way of challenging our hearts, our health, our relationships, our finances, our daily view on life. Yet, the moment I stop and take notice of the natural beauty and peaceful attributes in life, I am reminded of His presence in my life.
May you find time in your day to notice the simplicity in life. Giving yourself to others through kind words and actions, without selfish expectations in return.
Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading, Editing, Freelance contributor