I have an exciting thing going on right outside of my window. I have a robin’s nest within 3 feet of my bedroom window and only about an arm’s reach above my head.
It is tucked neatly under a deck on pilings off of the second floor. I first noticed it about two weeks ago, and I stood there to see if any birds were sitting on the nest. It wasn’t long before a robin with a robust rust brown belly, and yellow beak flew under the deck and sat down. I got really excited and got on my tippy toes from inside of my bedroom, but I could not see any eggs when she flew away.
The next few days, I watched with curiosity trying to stay far enough away as not to spook her. I could not see anything. I just had to believe the eggs were there and wait. I knew the babies had hard work ahead of them to break through the shells, but there was something good coming.
I also enjoyed watching mommy robin hop along all over the back yard looking for worms in the lush green grass deep in the soggy ground. When she was full, she would fly back and wiggle herself down onto the nest. I just knew there had to be eggs.
After a few days of watching her, I began to see another robin helping her sit on the nest. I decided it must have been daddy robin. From Google, I found out that they both watch over the eggs and that the whole process only lasted two weeks. I was scrambling trying to figure out how many days it had been since I first saw the nest. I was not sure, but I continued watching every day and noticed how this bird just lived. No concerns, no worries. Everything is provided. A new life is being created.
A few more days passed, and I was looking for signs of babies when one of the adult robins flew back with a wiggly worm in its beak. I did a quiet mini jump up and down session! I had babies! Well, the robin technically had the babies, but I was witnessing this event. I was so excited. I’m sorry that I don’t have a high-speed camera to capture it, but I still wanted to share the pictures.
Oh, my gosh! They were hungry! At first, I could only see the pointy little beaks above the top of the nest. But each day their scrawny featherless necks reached higher and demanded more food. I read that the male and female robins would fly back and forth as many as 100 times feeding the newly hatched babies every day. That was dedication along with fortitude; something that we also need to have when living with chronic pain.
So the baby birds grew each day, and I could tell their feathers were beginning to fluff up. I am amazed at how fast and how much they change each day. Two days ago, one of the two babies was very wobbly in the nest while trying to spread out his wings. He just wasn’t sure exactly how to do it, but he keeps trying. Then today, both the birds were spreading out, taking up most of the nest so mom, or it could have been dad, sat on the 2×4 beside the nest. They were obviously in the teenager stage, pushing the limits with their parents! HA HA!
I checked on them a few times today, and they have not left the nest yet, but it will happen within a few days. I hope I don’t miss it.
I also found out that a robin is a sign of new beginnings or rebirth, and I thought that was so very appropriate to my life where it is right now. Maybe you can relate.
I started school to help me to be better equipped to help others that are living with chronic pain. I moved to a new state and to a town where I do not know anyone. That was big. I’ve had a lot of firsts in the past three months, causing me to need to reinvent myself again. It seems like that is precisely what life is about: constant change.
I am going through new beginnings in my life, and God has provided everything and every person that I need, and He will continue to do that for me. He will help you too.
On my hardest days, He provided a verse, a friend, or a robin to encourage me and guide me on this journey. I’ve found that we can accept the new beginnings that chronic pain brings. We don’t have to focus on the endings that pain brings to our lives. Don’t get stuck there.
I know you had a full life before chronic pain and you feel cheated. It is debilitating, and it can just stop you dead in your tracks. You think it’s all over, but it’s not just an ending of life as you knew it.
It is also the beginning of something new in your life. It’s the beginning of the challenge of redefining yourself in a new way.
Is it easy to bring about this new birth? No, think of the babies breaking through the shell and the work of feeding their new life. It was a lot of work to fly back and forth to feed their babies 100 times a day. There will be a lot of struggling to experience getting out of your comfort zone. It’s hard work to change your mindset. It may be trial and error before you figure it out, but you will eventually find a new purpose in life while learning to accept the closing doors.
Just like the robins by the window, I see a new birth coming to fruition in life amid my chronic pain. You have a new story in you also. This week I encourage you to look for that newness that you can bring to your life.
Much Love & Many Prayers,
Lead Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash
Rest of Photos by Cindy