If the Creator of the universe cares enough about the humble birds to care for them, why would He care any less about us? God provides for the birds' needs; as He loves us even more, we can count on Him to provide for us as well. Matthew 6:26. NAS
Around here, some parts of the bottom of the bottom of the food chain are doing very well.
Yesterday evening I was tending a brush pile fire which is sort of a captive audience-type task. The bugs joined me in this endeavor. I don’t remember a time when the gnats have been this numerous. You notice I am not saying the gnats are bad. Their presence always reminds me that hungry birds, especially hummingbirds, should be getting plenty to eat. In this case, between the gnats, mosquitoes, and eventually the flies that joined us, my thoughts drifted to the Bible verse above. Then, the words to the old hymn, His Eye is on the Sparrow came to mind. And as time wore on, I thought it would be great if one of those sparrows would drop by and perch on my shoulder and gobble bugs. Before I was done, I was thinking I wouldn’t mind if a big old stinky cattle egret would come hang around with me and scarf some of the flies. Gnats may be too small for cattle egrets.
It has been a hard year for plants and animals and humans. As annoying as the bugs are, it is nice to see prosperity on some level, even if it makes hanging around outside mighty uncomfortable.