My favorite place to study on campus is in the garden next to the Armstrong-Browning library. It is tucked away in a quiet corner and they even have outlets on the trees. Today has been beautiful, so I decided to head there to study some Spanish and enjoy a book I’ve been wanting to read.
I began to hear two birds chirping at one another across the garden. I noticed one perched on the back of a chair at the table next to mine and was enthralled as I listened to the tune of their dialogue. About a minute into their conversation, his friend joined him. It took a couple tries as his friend was noticeably old and had impaired sight. He flew past the table & I heard the young bird chirp as to say, “I’m right here! Turn around!” When the older bird joined him on the table, he opened his mouth and the younger bird fed him. I stared as I was kind of in shock & then my eyes got a little watery. The younger bird was tending after him and it was just beautiful to see.
A little while later, I saw the older bird land on the same table again, calling out for his friend. The younger bird returned with food in his beak but didn’t give it to him. I assumed the younger one wanted a little grub before searching for his friend again. The older attempted to chase him around and I laughed as it was quite comical to see him squawking and trying to take the food while the younger easily evaded him. They were coming close to a fountain that’s on the side of the garden and the younger bird jumped onto it. I continued to watch–obviously more intrigued by their interactions than conjugating in the subjunctive–as the young bird dipped the food into the water. I was confused at first and then understood that he was dipping it into the water so the hard food would soften and be easier for the elder bird to eat. Real tears began to fall.
These are two birds that I am talking about. The younger’s natural instinct was to provide for the older who could not provide for himself, he went as far as ensuring the food was easy for his friend to eat! We won’t get into the elder’s selfishness in chasing him around, lol, but it’s still wild to think about this animal doing a better job of showing compassion than I in most circumstances. Nature really is neat and it reflects an awesome Creator who loves us more dearly and cares for us more strongly than the young bird for his elder friend.
Matthew 6:25-27 came to mind as I continued to watch the little friends fly around the garden.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?…”