Tree Hugging and Bird Watching

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 

My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.”

– Psalm 84:1-4

On Friday morning while William was enjoying the company and companionship of other adorable people his very own age, we decided to head back to Ek Balam.  Once again Jack opted to stay behind to enjoy the companionship of his own friends via WiFi and the laptop. 

Sadly Jason and I had to face a childless morning at a Maya archeological sight.  It was difficult to endure the loneliness and silence, but we pulled ourselves together and did our best.  It was good practice for William’s college years which are a mere 13 years away now.

I started off my morning at Ek Balam by admiring/petting a really impressively huge tree which Jason noted made me look like the tree hugging hippy that I am.  I noted that the tree was seriously cool and while Jason may not hug or pet trees, he was concerned about the rainforests decades before it was trendy.  He also recycles and conserves energy religiously so I think I will keep hugging trees.

One of my goals for this trip to Ek Balam was to spend some time sitting quietly so that I could just observe the natural setting. 

The McFarland sons are absolutely, positively amazing, but William is never quiet if he is awake, and Jack is always climbing to some deadly height at Maya ruins.  As a result, I haven’t gotten a lot of quiet observation time at Maya ruins with them as companions.  Jason, on the other hand, is incredibly gifted at quiet observation.  Jason excels at quiet EVERYTHING actually.

As I sat quietly at the top of Structure 10 (knitting of course) I saw butterflies, 6 or 7 iguanas, several lizards, a hummingbird, blackbirds with really creepy red eyes, 2 American college aged tourists who made me feel very old, Mexican tourists, and some French-Canadian tourists.

Then Jason said – “Look in that tree over there.  There’s another woodpecker.”

Soon we realized it was a pair of woodpeckers.  They had a nest with babies in it they were very attentively feeding.  And as we watched – they took turns over and over and over again hunting for food for their babies – delivering that food – waiting for the other parent to return – and then setting off again. 

It was co-parenting at its finest and smoothest.  They were a fine oiled machine.

As soon as one parent arrived the next parent was off.

We had so much fun quietly observing that woodpecker family hard at work. (Another nerd date!)

It was a delight and a pleasure to observe God’s great and glorious creation.  Our God truly is an awesome God!

Have you had any God sightings lately?  Where have you seen God at work in the world recently?

PS  Here I am waiting for an iguana to let me use the stairs!

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