to kill a mocking bird...

I was so excited the other day when Scott informed me that we had a bird nest with babies in it in front of the house!  It was in a small tree planted at the end of our front flower bed.

Look how cute!  Such fuzzy little hair and huge eyes.  They're sleeping away in this pic.

Unfortunately, the day after these pictures were taken, I was horrified to find out that one of my cats had discovered these sweet baby mocking birds!

When Scott saw the nest the day before, we noticed the mama bird flying around us trying to distract us from the tree, trying to lead us away from it.  It didn't even occur to me that the nest was so close to the ground that they would be easy prey for Heidi. 

Saturday morning, Scott came in to tell me that Heidi was having lunch early that day.  He got there too late to do anything except grab one baby that she had not devoured.  But it was already dead. 

Heidi finished her business and headed out of the yard...I think she knew I was mad at her.  I know it's just animal instinct, but it's hard to see any creature take the innocent life of a baby animal.  The mama bird (and a second one....I'm assuming the daddy) kept flying around looking for the babies.  Two were gone of course...never to be seen again...but I told Scott to put the third baby under the tree to see if they'd find it. 

Sure enough, as soon as he left it and walked out of the bird's sight, the mama swooped right down and grabbed it and flew away. 

Y'all, I know it's just baby birds, but it just broke my heart!  I thought about how I, as a mother, would feel if someone killed my baby.  And I thought about how I would feel if my baby was gone and I couldn't find him or lay him to rest properly. 

I told Scott that there is a lesson in this - more than just a scientific or biological lesson about animal instinct.  Life is precious - all of life.  Matthew 6:26 tells us: "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"  If God cares for the birds so much, how much more does he care for mankind - His most glorious creation? 

He knows the number of hairs on our heads - and he knew the exact number of little feathers on these baby birds.  He knows when we are happy and enjoying life....and he knew when those little birds were safe and secure in the nest.  He knows when our hearts are broken and life has robbed us of our joy and he knew when the mama and daddy bird were anxiously looking for their babies. 

I'm not sure what the deeper lesson is in this incident, but I feel something in my heart.  I don't know how to put words to it, though.  I'm just amazed at the similarities of a mama bird and a human mother.  It brings me great comfort to know that God cared even for those three little mocking birds.  He cares for man kind (each of us...saved and unsaved) and provides for us.  His heart is broken when He sees us hurting....and I can't help that He felt hurt watching as the lives of these innocent baby birds were taken....even though it was not an act of consciously harming another life...but an animal's instinct. 

In the beginning, there was harmony with all of creation.  Between man and all of God's creatures.  Then sin entered and everything changed.  Things happen beyond our control.  Things that God may not necessarily cause, but chooses to allow.  We just have to know that there is coming a day when no more life of any kind will be destroyed.  We will once again live in harmony with one another.  I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to that day!

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