This post was written last year but its’ lessons have stayed with me. Yesterday I saw something which was quite sad but combined with two things that I saw on our bike ride today on the Cowichan Valley Trail, there is a definite lesson for me. I was sitting on a chair in our back yard and I noticed that a paper wasp had landed on something small and pink. The wasp stayed on the object for quite a time as though it was gathering food. After it flew away I went over to see what the pink thing was, and was sad to discover that it was a tiny baby bird. No feathers, surely newly hatched. We have had quite a lot of wind lately, so I must surmise that the baby was blown out of the nest. There was not a mark on its little body so I don’t think that it was tossed out by the mother or other siblings. I wondered at the brevity of this little life, and it made me think of the verse from the book of Ecclesiastes concerning the fact that there is a season and a time to everything. It was not meant for this little bird to grow, and live a normal life. Then today husband and I went for a bike ride on the Cowichan Valley Trail. It has been a week since we have been there and more lessons were to be learned.
I was a little shaky on the way up the trail. At one point I saw two bike riders coming towards me from a distance so I stopped and got off my bike. It was then that I noticed a big black beetle making its way across the trail to the other side. I wondered whether or not it was going to survive two bikes going by. As I watched, the first bike passed missing the beetle by not more than an inch. The beetle turned 90 degrees to the left and the second bike passed him by at a greater distance. I remembered how the baby bird died very shortly after hatching, and marveled at how this beetle had lived in the face of danger.
Husband and I travelled further up the trail and then turned around and headed back. And about half-way back I noticed that husband had stopped and then I saw that there were two sheep at the side of the trail, grazing. I took several photographs of them and then remembered John chapter 10, and the teaching about the Lord Jesus being the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep.There was a lesson in all these things. That being, all things are in God’s hands, he gives life, and he takes it away, the baby bird died, I know not why, but the beetle lived. Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen, but God knows and we just have to trust in him and in his sovereign will for all creation.
My husband always says that I go too slow on my bike, but which is better? to go fast and miss all the things the Lord has to show me? or to go slow and see them all. I will continue to ride slowly and marvel at what the Lord has for me.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”
John 10: I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”