25th June 2013

Big Blessings in Little Packages 

“Let birds soar high above the earth in the broad expanse of sky.”
Genesis 1:20 (The Voice)

God can, and does, bless us through such little packages. I had (until it broke) a bird feeder on my window and watching the blue tits was, and still is, a revelation and pleasure. Such tiny little creatures and yet so beautifully, perfectly, made.  

Sometimes they’re daft, trying to peck through the clear plastic to get to their favourite seeds which they really want to eat first. At other times they’re funny as they toss out the seeds they don’t want until they get to the one they do want. Sometimes being a territorial bully, chasing away the even smaller coal tits. But they have their turn at the feeder too, they just have to have their eyes on full alert. 

And the blue tits have different characteristics from each other. One I have named ‘Bolder’ because he is braver than the rest and has been since he fledged. In our garden we have a peanut feeder which is in the shape of a ball. It has a little door but we leave it open as the birds seem happier to take a whole nut to the safety of a branch before enjoying a leisurely meal. The adults stand at the door way and pivot into the feeder, grab a nut and fly quickly away. Bolder, though, even as a fledgling chose from the beginning to go into the nut feeder, hop around all the nuts before choosing which he thought was the best one and then leaving. I have a photo from just a yard away, which I took of him in the feeder looking boldly out at me, making no attempt to escape what could be a hazardous situation. Such joyous times. 

They are always beautiful, always a great pleasure to watch, and a great privilege and blessing. And that is only the blue tits. I receive so many other blessings which come in small packages: a card in the post, a smile, a picture from a child, a star in the sky, and so it goes on. We are so blessed even in the midst of hard trials. 

Have a look around and see if you have missed some tinily-packaged blessings.  They’re all around you. 

Thank You, dear and generous Father, for such varied blessings, which are often wrapped up in such tiny packages, and which You have scattered so abundantly around us. For all blessings, large or small, thank You.

Study by Ruth Edwards


 ruthedwards1About the Author:
Ruth Edwards is actively involved in her Worldwide Church of God Bristol congregation, including editing Links, a church magazine for the congregations of the South West and South Wales area.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email:  jf007d991@blueyonder.co.uk

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