White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch (1280x853)

This bird is a white-breasted nuthatch. Nuthatches have remarkable strength and agility. Like woodpeckers and creepers, nuthatches find the majority of their food while foraging around on the bark of trees. But these birds are able to do something these other birds cannot.

In the picture above the nuthatch is facing down the trunk instead of facing up.  Other birds that cling to the side of threes prop themselves up with their tails. The three point stance is very stable, but requires facing upward.

Nuthatches have an ability to hang on with just their two feet, and by sheer strength to hold their body weight straight out from the tree. If you think about it, it is almost like being a gymnast that is constantly doing an iron cross. The value of this two point stance is they can face any direction on the tree. They can face up or down, they can even hang on to the bottom of a branch.

This strength gives the bird a lot of versatility as it forages for food. It will be able to reach and snag meals in places other birds will never see.

Strength and flexibility are wonderful traits. There are going to be times in life when you will need to be able to look at your problems from a different angle. You will get by better when you can adapt to a new situation, or to an old situation in a new way.

These characteristics are also important for your spiritual life. People are often surprised how hard it is to grow spiritually. Along the way they face difficult and emotional situations requiring them to face and fix their character flaws. This growth often comes from friction with others in the church. Often we feel betrayed because we already developed deep friendships with these individuals.

Spiritual Growth is not for cowards.

Colossians 1:28-29 (HCSB) We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me.

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  1. Pingback: Nuthatch video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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