Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's a Beautiful World

Black-throated Mango
Anthracothorax nigricollis


I’ve decided to take up bird watching – when I’m not writing, of course. Since moving to Oklahoma, my husband and I have been amazed and delighted by the variety of birds that flock to our feeders.

When we first got here, we were fascinated by the abundance of hummingbirds, and their fearless approach to humans. Our deck almost always boasted at least one hovering at the feeder (left here by the previous owners), and usually several flitting around nearby. (They’re combative little creatures. You rarely see more than one feeding at a feeder at the same time. Usually one male claims the feeder and chases off any others that approach, at least when he’s in the vicinity.)

Now that winter has arrived, we’re seeing vivid red cardinals and gorgeou
s blue jays, along with some adorable, tiny birds with white crests. I don’t know what type of bird they are, but I intend to learn. Barnes and Noble, here I come!

It’s become a highlight of each day to take time to watch the birds in our front yard. Some days are too cold to actually sit on the deck for the best views of them, but we have this handy little cheapie telescope that allows us to see the little creatures at close range even through the glass storm door.

What joy our Father has provided us…what beauty and life surrounds us! Sadly, most of us fail
to appreciate it – indeed, we don’t even see it most of the time. It’s always there, and so we simply take it for granted. I don’t intend to do that in 2009. I want to appreciate every blessing God gives me, even the ones that are a part of nature. Those He created for all of us.

What a wonderful heavenly Daddy He is! He cares and is concerned about not only our everyday needs, but the aesthetic ones. The hunger for beauty. He put that hunger within us, and He satisfies it…if we only take time to see.

Why not make 2009 the year of looking at the world with new eyes and grateful hearts? Eyes wide open to the beauty around us. Hearts full of love and appreciation for the gift. May the year ahead be full of blessings – pressed down, shaken together, and running over – for each one of you!


LuAnn said...

Delia, there are a number of really good books to use while birdwatching. It's really a wonderful hobby. In fact, watchable wildlife viewing is one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry, pumping billions of dollars annually into the national economy. Here in Othello, we have a great festival every spring. I'm sure there are some in Oklahoma, too. Do a search or talk to your local chamber of commerce. Most festivals, including ours, feature a number of discussions about local wildlife, as well as tours of the area.

Delia Latham said...

Thank you, LuAnn - I will certainly look further into it. I really am interested in these beautiful birds!