When I have the opportunity to teach 4 year olds, one of my favourite letters to teach is N, N for nests. We look at nests, make paper bag nests, and talk about baby birds.
The picture of nests that we colour in class are drawn very uniform. The nests we make out of clay are usually nice round, bowl shapes. In nature nests are not so perfectly shaped. The cee-cee bird nests are ragged with the opening underneath. We saw one built at the end of a vine hanging over one of our main roads. The birds flew in and out as vehicles passed by just inches away.
Another kind of bird which I have not identified yet built a nest on a bush by a fence. The nest was built in such a way that it was hard to tell whether it more on the bush or on the fence. When I saw the nest, three babies were in it. My mother heart wanted to push the nest safely to the other side of the fence. It seemed that if I didn’t the babies would be knocked out of the nest when people passed by. They were so exposed to animals of prey. Yet they were old enough to have flight feathers, and they were perfectly content with their wide open home.
Nests are lovely pictures of peace. Whether they are perched on the top of a tree, crammed between the rocks of a cliff, or hanging delicately over a road, they are safe little homes for little birds. They are built by parents who are confident that they have formed the perfect home for their young.
The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
The Lord wants to be for us the same kind of dwelling place. With Him is peace. No matter what may come, if we trust in Him, we will have peace.
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord forever,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.