Bluebirds, Hope, Life Lessons, Perseverance

SOMETIMES YOU CAN

 

 

 

Debbiesbluebird2a
Photo courtesy of Debbie Hoffman

 

The continuing saga of my fascination with bluebirds. For the whole story, check out WHEN BLUEBIRDS DON’T COME.

COMING TO TERMS

I had come to terms with it.

Mostly.

If the bluebirds didn’t build a nest in our little birdhouse, I’d be happy with their daily visits to our deck.

Maybe like Paul, I needed to learn to be content in whatsoever state I found myself.

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12b-13 

Although I hadn’t quite given up, I was working hard at being content.

BluebirdbribesCollage
I admit I was reduced to bribery.

As sometimes happens, a song came to mind–an old Rolling Stones tune that was probably about drugs and 1960s politics, both light years removed from my application. Still the chorus ran through my head over and over.

Maybe you’ve heard it.

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime
You’ll find
You get what you need

ALMOST GETTING THE MESSAGE

OK. Maybe I was too obsessed with those bluebirds. Maybe I needed contentment more than bluebirds nesting in my yard.

I’d work on that right after I tried one more thing.

Perhaps if we moved the house down a little way from the big azalea bush, they’d reconsider this year. After all, that Daddy Blue really looked it over last year. I know he liked our house.

Birdhouse MoveSo  Terry moved that cute little birdhouse down a few feet. While he dug a new post hole, I checked its interior and found a huge wasp nest hidden out of sight of the casual observer. Could that have kept the birds away last year?

I cleaned the house out, and Terry planted it firmly in its new spot.

Then I watched and waited, but in truth without much hope. I reminded myself that I needed to be content with those daily visits.

And I was.

Almost content.

Still, I watched and waited until one morning about a week later, I noticed Daddy Blue sitting on the deck. Then he flew down to the little house.

BluebirdVisitor

HE WENT INSIDE.

I took up my post at the window.

Was that Mama Blue going in?

YES!

I tell you, I did a little dance and confess to shedding a couple of tears of joy when she landed on the deck rail with a sprig of grass in her beak before heading down to her new home. (I swear she did that for my benefit.)

They were moving in!

BLUEBIRDS HAVE MOVED INTO OUR BLUEBIRD HOUSE!

 

Bluebirdad
I haven’t been able to get a good shot of the couple going in and out. But this is their new home.

PRESSING ON

Isn’t that how it is sometimes? We long for something that may seem inconsequential, even silly, to others. Yet, the longing won’t go away, so we press on.

I’m sure glad I did because from now on bluebirds will remind me that when we think we can’t have what we want,

Sometimes it turns out we can.

PROCEED WITH CAUTION

Still, I remind myself of a Dr. Seuss quote:

Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t.”  —Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

May bluebirds always remind me to press on with my dreams.

To Reach higher.

bluebird in oak

 

Yet if those dreams are delayed or don’t come to fruition, I hope I will remember that I get to decide how I’ll respond.

I hope I will always seek to be content whatever comes my way.

 

I hope you will press on with your dreams, too.

And if they don’t materialize as quickly as you would like, I hope you will find contentment while you wait.

 

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. — Viktor Frankl

Birds, Bluebirds, Devotionals

BLUEBIRD HILL

Debbiesbluebird2a
Photo courtesy of Debbie Hoofman

My lucky friends post Facebook pictures of bluebirds nesting near their houses making me long to see the beautiful creatures in my yard. Pushing down envy, I lament that we don’t have the right conditions to attract bluebirds. Poor me and all that.

Then my friend, Cliff, who knows more about bluebirds than I ever will suggests a place near the bottom of our yard.

Cliff&Debbie
Cliff & Debbie live on Hoofman Farm out from Greenbrier. They love all kinds of critters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I texted him a picture. You mean here?

“Yes, by the azaleas.”

Flowerbed

But wait a minute, I ask. “Isn’t it too late? Aren’t they already nesting?”

“Yes, but you might get a pair for their second nesting,” he encourages.

My heart sings.

Debbie'sbluebirdcouple2
This feathered couple lives on the Hoofman Farm in Enola.

Humming, I set to work seeking an abode designed especially for bluebirds, and I order one online that night. But when I find it won’t arrive for almost a month, I cancel the order and do what I should have done in the first place.

The next day, I go out and buy one at Birds Unlimited, which makes me feel good on two counts. I’ve helped someone in my city while enjoying the immediate satisfaction of holding it in my hands.

 

Ship
Terry built this ship for Pirates of Penzance

I bring that bluebird house home and begin my campaign for Terry to install it — right away. But he’s a busy guy, building sets at Wildwood for Praeclara and doing his favorite thing–singing in the UALR choir. Not to mention getting a rent house ready to list.

So I remind myself — Give the Guy a Break.

There’s time for him to install that house when it fits into his schedule. After all, we’re in that waiting period.

Once again, I realize how impatient I get when I want something beause

I catch myself nagging

Just a little

Bluebirdhouseviewuntil he buys a 4 x 4 post and brings out the posthole digger.

I give him instructions where to put it at the west end of our lower flowerbed.

But my man of vision suggests the opposite side where we will have a better chance of getting glimpses of blue as the birds come and go.

As usual, he’s right. I give the nod and he plants that baby firmly in the ground.

Having done all we can do, now we are waiting with hopeful hearts.

Birdhouse
Can you think of anything cuter than a bluebird fledgling? Me neither.

Then I resolve that if some other feathered friend takes up residence, I’ll be grateful—because they are all God’s creatures.

Still, I’m murmuring little prayers for flashes of blue at the its door.

You knew I’d find a lesson in this experience.

But aren’t there always lessons if we look for them?

  • It’s okay to share your dreams.
  • Two heads are better than one.
  • It’s wise to accept advice.
  • Waiting is hard.
  • We learn patience by waiting.
  • Prayer usually calms me.

Please tell me if you can think of others.

I’m always in need of a lesson.

A wise man will hear and increase in learning,

And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

Proverbs 1:5