We have a new family that moved in under the eaves by our front door. As so happened, momma and pappa bird began in early spring making a nest in the light fixture over the front door. Not wanting to see a fire, we kept removing the nesting material, but these tenacious birds kept coming back. Finally we put a screen over the opening, but still they kept trying to get in. My husband decided to hang a birdhouse close to the door and, lo and behold, they made it their home. A few weeks ago we heard the small sound of baby birds, and momma and pappa began their feeding runs. There are three little hatchlings whose open mouths are all we see of them.
It is amazing to watch. Momma and Pappa are very wary of our cat, Jake, who sits on the front porch, and they squawk and squeal to keep him away. They even make noise to keep away human visitors, although if I sit quietly on the porch long enough they will begin their feeding routine with me sitting only a few feet away. It is beautiful to watch, although not so great to hear at 4:30 in the morning when they awake.
The great thing is that it shows me that God does provide for all God's creatures. As Jesus said in Matthew 6, "Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more important than they?" The birds are very happy in their little home, protected from the elements. God provides them with worms and bugs and somtimes pieces of bread that they bring over to their brood.
It also shows me that God will always provide for my needs. I may not always have everything I want, but, if I truly trust in God, then I will have all I need...my faith, the Love of the Lord, a community to pray with, and the Eucharist that nourishes me with the very Life of God. What more do I need? As St. Ignatius wrote, "Give me only your Love and your Grace. That is enough for me."