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Bread for the Journey

Safe in the Nest
Our neighbour's house is standing empty...waiting to be sold.
On the front porch is an artificial fig tree, that this spring
was considered prime real estate by two robins.
It was totally safe from predators, perfectly protected from the elements
and the lawns close by offered an abundance of worms.
Soon eggs were laid in a neatly constructed nest securely supported by the top branches.
I never noticed the nest until the day I took the above photo.
I could not see into the nest , it was too high
so I had to hold the camera up and snap blind.
I was so surprised to see the well developed birds in my photo
and even more surprised that they sat perfectly still
as the camera was held over them.
The next day I went over again to take another picture,
but this time the baby robins panicked and flew out of the nest --- down across the lawn
and between the houses.
The parent birds were understandably upset, calling loudly for their young,
who were now vulnerable.
I thought of a verse from Proverbs.... that says....
"Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place."
Pro 27:8
God has built us a nest that is perfectly safe from the things that would harm us.
His laws, commandments are designed to keep us imperious to the elements of this world.
But how often are we like the young birds.
How often the wisdom of this world seems wiser than the Words of God,
and we yield to the enticing , or flattering , or frightening voices around us.
But though we search the world over,
there is no place as lovely, or as secure,
as the 'secret place' close to the heart of God.
How beautifully is this thought expressed by the Psalmist.
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High,
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God , in Him I will trust!' "
Ps. 91:1,2


  1. This is wonderful. Thank you so much.

  2. Beautiful! I look forward to reading bread for the journey every sunday.

  3. What a lovely blog! The recipes look amazing!

  4. I believe wildlife rescue folks say you can return the birds to the nest in that case. Check with them first.

  5. Karen Anne, as you can see in the photo the birds were pretty much grown .. I tried to catch them but they were too fast -- they survived .. I've seen them full grown in my yard .. still expecting to be fed.

  6. Love it! It is so true. Thank you for posting and for the beautiful Sabbath thought.


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