A huge cold front pushed through the South today, bringing with it sleet, ice, and snow. While our weathermen and government officials took notice, closing schools and encouraging everyone to stay home, some of the larger cities to the north (Birmingham and Atlanta) weren't given sufficient warning. I think they were thinking the wetness was going to stay to their south. Needless to say, it turned into a very messy situation. Cars and trucks couldn't navigate the icy roads and people abandoned their cars or spent the night in them. It was unsafe for school buses to be on the road, so teachers and students spent the night in their schools.
From 2014 Project 365
I'm always excited to see the migrating birds wintering in our area. I've seen few American goldfinches and a lot of pine siskins this year. But I'm always saddened to see the sick and weak ones fall. This golden finch didn't seem to feel well and another sickly pine siskin didn't have the strength to fly into the trees and stayed on the ground near the azalea bush. Always a heartbreaker for me.
From 2013 Project 365
This poor little American goldfinch was rain soaked and asleep on my birdfeeder when I went out to refill it. He scarcely moved as I stood closer and closer. Even my chattering didn't cause him to stir. I knew he was sick. He finally flew to a low branch on an azalea bush and wearily watched as I added more seed.
Death is such a sad part of life. It's heart breaking. All I wanted to do was scoop him up in my hand and hold and comfort him. Of course, I know it would have made his dying worse. I'm sure he died today and I'm teary eyed just thinking about it. But I'm reminded that God holds all life in his hand and cares even when a tiny bird falls.
"All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground."
From 2011 Project 365