"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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" - Matthew 6:26, 27 NIV
A few weeks ago a pair of bluebirds began building a nest in the special bluebird boxes we made for them (9 years ago). They've been coming a few times a day to work on it, or perhaps feed their babies. It's hard to tell for sure since I don't want to get close enough to investigate - I don't want them to abandon their project, whatever it might be. But Saturday afternoon, for some reason they developed a keen interest in our window.
At first they were just hanging out, looking in at us.
Then they started the pecking.
On Sunday afternoon they were fairly vocal in their many visits, and were not even deterred by Harley.
This morning they seemed to have launched a full-scale offensive on the transom window above our front door, but they mostly divide their time between the windows and their nest.
My husband was watching them on one of their many trips back to their work when they suddenly took flight into the trees. Seconds later a hawk swooped in and perched on the box. Now, we love the hawk normally, but raptors are known to raid the nests of smaller birds. Needless to say, this is not the sort of "National Geographic Moment" we cared to witness, so he frightened the hawk away and watched the bluebirds immediately return to ascertain the safety of their home. And then he commented to me on how much we are like the birds in a way: overly concerned and preoccupied with things that are not true threats (transom windows?) all the while nearly missing the very real threat that looms nearby.