The scripture says “Look to the birds of the air.”
I love bird watching. I have found them in different habitats near and far. I viewed them in my garden, at the beach, in the forest or in far flung places of British Columbia where I saw many bald eagles. I have learnt about blackbirds, magpies, wrens, finches, thrushes, tits, robins, jackdaws, pigeons, doves, swallows, starlings, sparrows just bird watching in my garden. On the Loughshore I see Canadian Brent geese, blacked backed gulls, fulmars, swans, and many sand digging birds. I have seen buzzards, crows, hawks and pheasants in the open country.
This is the season when birds are building their nests to have their young. Blackbirds and pigeons are nesting in the ivy growing over the empty cow shed.
But one bird caught my attention this morning. I looked out my back window to see a crow with a heavy twig in its mouth. I admired it for its skill in collecting twigs to build its nest. There are tall trees nearby suitable for a crow’s nest. I watched to see where it was building its nest, expecting it to fly off in the direction of the trees. Surprisingly it flew over in the direction of my chimney. Oh no. Not the chimney of the fire I want to light in the big room when people visit! I had lit it last week but noticed it wasn’t on fire as it should have been.
I went outside to investigate. I looked up to see the chimney was covered with wire to stop any birds entering. Out comes a black bird through the mesh with the twig left behind. How was it able to navigate through a hole in the mesh with a twig in its mouth?
It was determined to occupy my chimney.
I went inside to my living room and lit some paper in the fire place to smoke the bird out. Too late, its nest has already blocked the top of the chimney. The birds can built their nests anywhere but not in my house. They have places to live and this is my place to live.
I cleared another chimney of a crow’s nest before Christmas. I wanted to make a log fire, so often prortrayed on happy family scenes on Christmas cards. How often do you see an open fire? Family and friends have enjoyed many happy evenings around our fireplace since.
The Holy Spirit is referred to fire. When the disciples were in the upper room tongues of fire settled on their heads.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4 NIV)
Do not put out the fire of the Holy Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 NIV)
The black bird, crow, can symbolise some power trying to block the fire of the Holy Spirit in my life. I do not want any obstacle stopping the Holy Spirit in my life. I will get this chimney cleared from twigs and put a wire at the top to prevent the bird returning. I will be able to light the fire again in my fireplace and give warmth to visitors. I will make sure nothing with stop the fire of the Holy Spirit in my life.