I was sitting by my bedroom window with my feet up taking a few moments to praise and thank God for the beauty all around. I have been writing about birds in some of my posts. I am learning from them each time because Jesus says “Look at the birds.”
I was pleasantly surprised when some movement at the side of the lawn caught my eye. I watched as a mother pheasant followed by five young, walked along the side of the garden. There is dead, brown vegetation as well as green grass there. The five chicks spread out looking for seeds in the mixture of vegetation on the verge of the lawn. In the photo I hope you can see the hen on the look out, a chick to the left under a bush and another to the right. One, with coloured feathers like a necklace, ventured further than the others. He must be a young male. His coloured feathers were beginning to show.
I enjoyed the scene before me for some minutes. I wanted a closer look. I got my binoculars. The hen stopped, relaxed and began to preen her feathers. She stretched her wings, ruffled her feathers and scratched. I could see the pattern on her feathers as she picked through them. Her overall colour blended well into the background of brown vegetation. Her chicks investigated the foliage around her. They had no fear, as their mum was close by.
A farmer is harvesting his crop of wheat over the fence from where we live today. Beyond the field is a forest. They must have been disoriented today because of the noise of the farm machinery. The wheat would be their convenient supply of food. It is harvested today. They will have to search for seeds left on the ground.
It is true what Jesus said.
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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:26-27 NIV)
God had supplied a whole field of wheat for this family. I can see the pheasant family are well cared for, how much more will God care for me and my family. We are more important than the birds of the air.
What are the main things people worry about: health, lack of money, how to look after their children, what to eat, being alone, where to live. Have faith in God, who promises if we seek him first he will add all things unto us. I can testify to God’s provision for food, houses, and health for my family of fourteen children.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:31, 33 NIV)
I was pleasantly surprised to see this family of pheasants cross my lawn in the early morning after we returned from holiday. I watched as they jumped up onto the bank to the left and head back to their nest for a rest after their morning forage. I will see them again.
Update, Sunday 20th September, saw family in orchard garden in the afternoon.
Saturday 26th morning at dawn family flew from neighbours garden into ours. They played about for a while.