I Received A Gift From My True Love Today

…On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling Fox Sparrows, A flock of tiny Kinglets, two Northern Flickers and a hummingbird in our pear tree…

Like everyone else this time of year, I have a lot going on.  The last few days have been a culmination of all that has been brewing in our lives for the last few months.  Today was the day to see how everything would REALLY work out!  I don’t want to bore you with the gory details but to be honest, we’ve been walking by faith–literally.  I had been having a chat with God about how all these things would play out today and as if to say, “I am taking care of you,” a flock of little chattering birds landed at my feet and in the surrounding bushes along the trail.  I was expecting little gray Bushtits–I see them often and I just love watching them flit and float from limb to limb.  But these were even more special–they were tiny Kinglets.

Little Kinglet
See what I mean, they are adorable.  Photo credit looks like KC Ayers (I pulled this off the internet). 

I was surprised by their boldness and bravery even with my dog.  They hopped around on the ground only 4-5 feet from us, flipping leaves and eating bugs–off in the distance I heard a beautiful song being sung and I looked up to see a Fox Sparrow sitting upright on a limb, head tilted back, beak wide open, singing at the top of its lungs while three of his friends foraged in the underbrush below him.  Soon a couple of little Winter Wrens joined in the chorus with their short little chips (I think they were contributing as the “rhythm” section).  When I got home our backyard was full of bird activity.  A mixed flock of thrushes–American Robins and Varied Thrushes, Yellow-Crowned Sparrows, Starlings, a pair of Northern Flickers, a hummingbird (that sits in our pear tree–really!), and of course the ever present Junco’s and Chickadee’s.  It was a great day for bird watching today.

Back to my walk–While standing under the dripping trees, dark storm clouds brewing above–getting ready to let loose with another torrent–I was reminded that I need to become more like a little bird.  Sing in the storm, live in and for the little things of the moment, don’t worry about what will be (worry never changed the future it just ruined the present), turn the leaf in front of me, and don’t forget to share my life with friends, family AND strangers.  We’re better together, especially when we are lifting each other up and you never know when you may lift someone up.  It might be someone you see in the coffee shop, like the gal I met this afternoon who is new to the area and having a stressful day–we talked, then exchanged phone numbers–who knows where this meeting will go.  Everyone we meet is dealing with SOMETHING.  Be kind, send up a prayer and be the cheerful little Kinglet in another persons day–that is our calling and what makes life worth living.

Little fluff hummer
This is the little hummer that hangs out in our pear tree–here he is last winter in our dogwood tree.  I call this painting “Fluff Ball Hummer” for lack of having a better imagination.  This is another example of a bird who lives in the moment–this happens to be a cold moment with a thawed out feeder hanging a few feet away.  18×14″ oil on gallery wrap canvas. Available, contact me.

As for the way things turned out today–it’s obvious that God (my True Love) had it in control, not us!  The things I stressed over for this morning were provided for and even went beyond my expectations and the future looks hopeful with new beginnings.  I’m working on being a better “bird”.  Until next time–when feeling stressed, remember the birds and sing a song ;-).  I’ll start one for you–Count your blessings name them one by one . . .

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