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The Crafty Sneaky One !!!!!!

20 Jun

I have posted once this year about my love of blue birds. So far this year, we have ‘assisted’ in the successful raising of three different nests full. The fourth nest was run off by their worst natural enemy, the sparrow.

 

I was really excited when I noticed a pair attempting to raise a 2nd family. I went out to the nesting box each day to watch the progress. After their work of rebuilding a nest I noticed that five tiny blue eggs had been laid, and I was determined to take photos every day until the babies were raised and independent.

 

bluebird eggs

Everyday, I would make my daily trip over to the nest, and as I would approach within a few feet from the nest the mama would fly out and perch on the barb wire fence only a few feet away watching me. On day 13 when I opened the box I was happy to see 5 precious baby bluebirds.

 

bluebirds day 1 Day 1

bluebird day 5

Day 5

I continued this routine for 5 days after hatching; but on day 6 the mama didn’t fly out of the nest as usual. I didn’t think much about it thinking she was probably out hunting since the babies would require more food each day. I opened the door and pulled it back only to find no baby bluebirds, but this coiled up black snake!

snake

It had eaten all of the babies. It was coiled up and reared it head as I surprised it! There are times when I go out that I have at least a pistol on me, if not a rifle or shotgun; but not this time. This was only to have been a quick trip to the nest and back to the house. I looked on the the ground around me and spotted a stick. I walked over and picked it up and returned to the nest and the snake hadn’t budged. I quickly put the stick inside the nest and slung the snake to the ground. I won’t go any further with the story, but you may figure out what happened to the snake.

snake2

 

In Genesis 3:1 we see how sneaky the devil is:

 

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” We know how Adam and Eve reacted to him. They succumbed to his craftiness and lies and hence, mankind fell.

 

As the snake slithered its way up into the bird nest, Satan can ever so slowly creep into our lives, little by little. We must always remain on guard! Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and may we flee the wiles of the enemy.

 

Until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
59 Comments

Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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59 responses to “The Crafty Sneaky One !!!!!!

  1. Nate

    June 20, 2014 at 4:30 am

    And how sad it is when the crafty one takes our precious little ones.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 6:31 am

      So sad. In this case he got the mama too. Some of the remains were in the nest.

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  2. Rob Barkman

    June 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Great practical lesson fro us all, Brother Levi. May we all be on guard against Satan intervening in our lives and the lives of our families. Lord bless you.

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  3. Karyl

    June 20, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Yes, we have to be vigilant. What a story and parable! Poor little babies. I love how blue birds have blue eggs! I don’t see many blue birds but will keep looking. I bet I will see one more because of your suggestion.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 6:28 am

      Good morning Karyl. Keep you eyes open and you may see some. They are so pretty. Have a great day!!!

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  4. Julie Harris

    June 20, 2014 at 5:49 am

    How sad…yes, we must be on guard at all times! Great post and I enjoyed seeing your baby bird pics! By the way- seeing the exclamation points in your post titles always makes me smile 🙂 Have a blessed day!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Thank you Julie. I hope you have a great day as well. 😀

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  5. Andy Oldham

    June 20, 2014 at 6:48 am

    WoW Levi! The innocent are so vulnerable. We must continuously pray Gods hedge of protection around our little ones. Thank you for sharing this sad but important post! Blessings!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 7:51 am

      He’s the master deceiver, Andy. We must really pray for them and teach them of The Lord. Hope all is well with you all. Have a great day!!!

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  6. Family to the 5 Power!

    June 20, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Just terrible that he got them all, including Mama – and how sad for you that your daily joy was robbed by that snake. What a reminder for us to be alert and put on the whole armor. Thank you.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Natural predators are everywhere. I’m hunting snakes now. Have a great day and thank you!!!

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  7. atimetoshare

    June 20, 2014 at 7:37 am

    It’s frightening to think of life being squashed by that evil snake. Just like it scares the bejeebers out of me that Satan can so craftily sneak into our souls. Thanks be to God, He’s given us the victory!

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  8. Sheila

    June 20, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Love the analogy you bring out, but I didn’t know that sparrows are a natural enemy to the bluebird. I thought them too tiny to be a threat to anything other than insects! So much to learn about and from nature, isn’t there?

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  9. wingedprisms

    June 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

    So sad……. but this is the second post I’ve read today relating to the enemy – to be on guard. Good story – good truth. 😀

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  10. johnmarkmiller

    June 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

    So true, and so chilling! Thanks for always being faithful to provide inspirational posts, Levi! I’ve nominated you for the Most Influential Blogger Award because of this.. I don’t know if you typically do awards, but even if not, this is my way of saying thanks for sharing the Good News! (Details: wp.me/p4enVm-9l)

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Good morning John, and thank you for you’re encouragement. I have never gotten into the awards thing but I appreciate the thought brother. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  11. johnmarkmiller

    June 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Oops! Sorry for that broken link… this is the actual one: http://theartisticchristian.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/most-influential-blogger-award/

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  12. Kelly Grace

    June 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Just think Levi, when God restores all things the necessity of this brutality will cease. I know all creatures have to eat to live, but this breaks our hearts.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

      I know Kelly. The Fall was all encompassing and so will be God’s restoration. It will be a glorious day.

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  13. Elaine

    June 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    So so sad. 😦 thank you for the reminder that we must always be watchful!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

      You’re welcome Elaine. The devil is a sneaky one deceiving many. Have a great weekend!!!

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  14. "light and salt"

    June 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Such an excellent post, Levi! A great example of how Satan can sneak in and ruin such beautiful lives. A lesson there for the Christian to learn indeed!

    Steve

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Steve. I’ve been kinda uninspired this week. I’ve been sick with my asthma ever since returning from Ca. I think I need to go back. Have a great day!

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      • "light and salt"

        June 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm

        Oh no…sick isn’t any good! I hope you feel better, my friend.

        Well, California may be good for asthma on occasion, but the “downside” of living here far outweighs the weather benefits!

        Have a great day, and the inspiration will come to you…

        Steve

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        • Levi Thetford

          June 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm

          I agree Steve. I don’t “really” want to live there. But the weather was ideal! Thanks.

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          • "light and salt"

            June 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm

            Levi, I have tried for 20 years to get out of California, and it’s just not meant to be!

            Liberal politics, way too many people, freeway congestion, too many buildings, too many big cities, etc…

            At least I have hope in death. My instructions are for cremation and then have my ashes spread over Lake Tahoe, Nevada!

            I will “bust loose” from this Godless state one way or another!

            Take care,
            Steve

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  15. Shawny Lou

    June 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Gave me goose-bumps to be reminded of how stealthily the enemy can creep upon us and steal away our joy. Excellent post!

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  16. Ron Whited

    June 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Great analogy Levi,and timely as well.Just today I saw three black(colored)snakes slithering across the lawn here in Florida.Satan the destroyer always attacks the most vulnerable so we can never let down our guard.It’s when we become complacent to sin that he will strike at us and unless we’re wearing the whole armor of God we will likely suffer injury.
    Keep up the good work,and have a great weekend!
    Ron

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  17. Deborah

    June 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    So sad, yet a great reminder of why we must be vigilant and pray & watch.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      That is so true, Deborah. I appreciate your comment and also the follow. Lord bless you 🙂

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  18. Garden Walk Garden Talk

    June 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Oh my, is this sad. I know it is nature and snakes have to eat too, but bluebirds have danger from so many different sources. They are lucky to even get a nesting spot with all the competition. The little ones were so cute too.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Bluebirds have a tough time for sure. There must be plenty of food for the snakes too. Today I saw 5 large ones sunning next to some water. From what I understand 3 out of 5 nests full raised is better than their normal statistics. Thanks!!

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  19. beverley

    June 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    now that’s a little sad

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  20. Linda Arthur Tejera

    June 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Breaks my heart and too true to life.

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  21. Paige Hamilton

    June 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I love watching birds around our yard. My favorites are the cardinals, but I like the bluebirds too. It grieves me to think about the old snake getting a big dinner, and yet the truth in this tale is undeniable. It’s a timely and vivid reminder that you’ve shared today, Levi. Thanks again for pointing to the truth.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Paige, it is just a part of nature and is to be expected I just don’t like to have to see it, but I do all the time in the country. You and I know these things take place because of the Fall in the garden. One day there will be a total restoration.

      I really enjoyed your latest post today. Have a great weekend, Paige.

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  22. SLIMJIM

    June 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Oh my! Didn’t expect the snake to enter into the picture though I should have guessed from the title. I imagine you crushed his head which reminds me of the Messianic prophecy in Genesis 3:15

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      With the heel of my boot, actually. That’s what will happen to satan one day as well. He’ll be crushed!!!

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  23. K. Q. Duane

    June 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Here is a perfect example. The snake of Satan has finally devoured the UK as it has just banned the teaching of creationism, in favor of evolution, in its public schools. The atheists are elated. Obviously, the Christians were not observant enough to see it coming.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      That is very sad. I had not heard this. The whole world is caving in to a secularistic, atheistic society. Thanks for sharing this with me.

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      • K. Q. Duane

        June 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        Did you also hear about the small firearms manufacturers in the United States that are being denied financing by Bank of America etc.? The Obama administration claims they are on the same level as pornography suppliers. My husband and I both have firearms permits and we’ve been tracking the underhanded, back room efforts by the Obama administration to deny us our Second Amendment rights by whatever method they can use. This is just the latest attack.

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        • Levi Thetford

          June 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

          I did know about the firearms issue. It’s been very difficult to get most types of ammo for the last couple years or so. The prices have gone nuts too when you can find a few. I also have a gun permit. Have had for 20 years or so.

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          • K. Q. Duane

            June 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

            Ours are about that old too. Luckily, it’s been a hobby all these years because it may soon become a necessity for survival, if the powers that be get their way.

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  24. vw1212

    June 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Oh gosh, they died. That is so sad. I get the moral of your story, but I am still seeing those beautiful birds. vw

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      I know. Wildlife have a lot of natural enemies. Only about half young bluebirds make it. I hope your day is blessed!!!

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  25. Skye

    June 23, 2014 at 6:25 am

    This has me in tears. I hated finding my snake in my chicken coop….I can only imagine how your heart sunk as you saw this. I am praising God right now, though, that each one of life’s moments can be brought back to Him–each a learning experience how we truly need Him. Yes, we must be watchful. Thank you, Dearest Levi, for this post.

    Still in NY on vacation–going to a bird sanctuary today. I will have even more appreciation after reading this post. As always, you are in my prayers daily. I hope you have a blessed day, Dear Friend.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

      Skye, be careful up there and I hope and pray that you all have a very enjoyable, relaxing trip. Enjoy your day! 😀

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  26. Denine Taylor

    June 25, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    : ( Gen 3:15

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