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.
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.
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!
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.
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,