No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 corinthians 10:13
Shortly after Dave left last year, this beautiful bird (top picture) showed up on my back door. Actually, rather, flying into my back door continually, starting at 6am. (The time we always get up) As soon as I would open my curtains, there he would be, sitting on the patio furniture watching us. I have always had an appreciation for birds, so this was a really awesome site for me. I left feeders out for him, but he would never touch it-to this day. Routinely he was there, day after day. Then dave would return and and away he went.
Three months later he routinely showed up after dave left again. The kids named him Charlie. We are now on our third deployment and Charlie is still tapping at our backdoor every morning. And, he still has not touched the bird food that we have left for him. This time, he has a friend who joins him every so often. (bottom picture) This particular trip has brought some extra challenges and I have appreciated his company. He will follow me to Maleah's window and watch from the screen or the bushes. I have pondered many times what his fellowship brings. And, here is my conclusion: God is bigger than I am. He has created so many beautiful things beyond my capacity to understand. Many may look at his creation as "just a tree" or "just a bird" but it is so much more than that. He cares for everything, and speaks to us through it. When I see "charlie" at my back door, I believe God is speaking to me. Reminding me that "...they don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds" (Matt 6:26) This bird is a daily reminder that no matter what the challenges of today bring, he is there watching over us, and I need not worry. How encouraging this message is, and how blessed I feel.