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Listen while you read: "O Beautiful For Spacious Skies"1 (Lyrics)
I love spring! It's such a beautiful time of the year. The weather is warm, everything is coming back to life, the grass is green, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing. It's amazing how God brings new life to the world every spring.
Robins are a sure sign of spring's arrival. We recently discovered that a pair of robins were building a nest on a ladder that was close to our shed. Shortly after that, we discovered that there were three eggs in the nest. I was so blessed to get pictures of the mother robin sitting on the nest, and the babies after they hatched, and as they quickly grew. And then one day, they were gone!
A mother robin typically lays three to four eggs in her first nesting of the season. She lays one egg per day at mid-morning and doesn't sit on her nest to incubate the eggs until all of them have been laid. This way, the baby robins all start developing at the same time. After laying her eggs, a mother robin sits on the nest for about 12-14 days until her babies hatch. They leave the nest 14-16 days later.
What a joy it was to watch the miracle of life unfold right before our eyes!
Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (NIV)
Luke 12:27 – Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. (NIV)
God takes care of His creation. He provides food for the birds and water for the wild flowers. But God considers us of greater value than the birds and the flowers. We are His precious children, and He loves us and protects us from the storms of life, much like the mother and father robin protect their babies.
God loves us unconditionally, just as we are, not because of anything that we have done or will do, and despite our weaknesses and failures. We don't deserve it, and we can't earn it. There is nothing that we can do to make God love His beloved children more. There is nothing that we can do to make God love His beloved children less. His love for His children will never end. He wants all to believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son.
1 John 4:9 – This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (NIV)
Just as God loves us, we are called to love others. May we let God's love transform us so that we can share His love with the world around us.
John 13:34 – A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your creation, and that just as You care for the birds and the flowers, You care for us as well. May we be inspired by Your great love for us! Transform us by Your love so that we can love others as You love us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.