Eye on the Eagles
At Berry College, just north of Rome, Georgia, a bald eagle couple found its way onto the campus in 2012 and hasn’t left. Eagles mate for life, and this pair has chosen a tall pine tree near campus as the home for their nest.
For the public’s enjoyment, the college has added three cameras to the tree, positioned above the nest where the mama and daddy birds are taking care of their—at this point—two eggs. Because of the school’s graciousness and the wonder of the Internet, you can get a front row seat to this family by watching the live feed.
It’s surprisingly entertaining—I can’t take my eyes off the little bird couple. I spent hours last night watching the mama bird snuggle over her eggs, stirring every once in a while to preen or change positions. This morning, it looks like Daddy’s on duty. The couple takes care of each other as they care for their precious eggs. According to their past mating patterns, these eggs, which the mama bird laid a couple of weeks ago, should hatch some time in mid-February—and I can hardly wait!
As I was glued to my computer screen last night, I was fascinated by the mama bird’s every move. “Oh! She’s repositioning!” I’d announce, as she’d tuck her white, feathered head deeper into her warm body. “Oh! She’s preening!” I’d exclaim as she gently stroked her feathers into a position more suitable to her liking. I called my husband over, and we both watched, enraptured by the sleeping eagle mommy.
The parallel was so poignant. “His eye is on the sparrow. And I know He watches over me,” the song says. “You are worth more than many sparrows,” (Matthew 10:31 NIV), I heard in my heart. Here my husband and I were, captivated by a bird, a sleeping bird no less. But her every move—even her mundane ones—were wonderful to us. Watching her brought us great joy.
And it warmed my heart. My good God has His eye on this sparrow too. “[He] will take great delight in you,” says Zephaniah (3:17 NIV). “You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13 NIV).
We have a heavenly Father who lovingly watches over His children, who delights in us. There is never a moment when we are out of His sight. We too are precious to Him. He not only rejoices over us, but He knows our deepest thoughts. And He doesn’t have to be glued to the screen of our lives, because He is with us at all times. He is close to us in the closest of ways.
“Goodnight, Mama bird,” I said as we shut the laptop screen and got settled in for the night. Then we looked over at the baby monitor sitting on our bedside table—we have a little six-month-old “baby bird” ourselves. We went to sleep, hearts warmed with the knowledge that our great God is watching over us, all of us—our little family and that little bird family—with love and joy.
Written by Laurin M. Greco
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