On Tuesday I was filling our front porch pots with flowers. I had been working for some time when I looked up and saw a Morning Dove sitting up on the top of one of our front porch columns. A few years ago a Robin built the nest and stayed with her eggs until
they grew up and flew away. Then along came Morning Dove #1 which sat on her eggs and cared for them until they were old enough to fly. The dove I saw on Tuesday is Morning Dove #2. She is the newest tenant of our bird-condo. It is like Airbnb for birds. As I worked on the porch on Tuesday she sat perfectly still—never moving lest attention be called to her and her babies—her mission was to protect her children at all costs.
On Thursday night I looked out and the mother bird had the babies over on top of the ceiling fan—it appeared that she was teaching them to fly. I haven’t seen her leave them for even one minute. She won’t rest until they safely fly away and even then I am sure she will be worried about them, in a bird sort of way.
Isn’t it amazing how, without stretching it too far, the behavior of animals can point us to some important life lessons and help us think about what really matters in life:
- We have to stick together in this world for it is now too “dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.”
- We are called to care for each other, wanting the best for all God’s children—
- Each one of us needs encouragement as we navigate the waters of life—we just want to hear someone say, “you can do this” and “I have your back”
- Nobody learns to fly by her/himself
- This is what it means to be a community of faith