They Grow Up So Fast


We first spotted them in the backyard. The harbinger that spring had sprung: the familiar blue eggs tucked into a cozy nest. We anticipated the birth of the baby robins along with the doting momma bird. One day, momma was spoon-feeding worms to the babies. The next day, momma was standing guard as the babies explored outside the nest, but still close to home. They grow up so fast. Momma watched as the babies stretched their wings to practice flying. Catching a draft and flying down from the fence rail was easy. However, the babies struggled to fly up, flapping their wings ferociously to make it. Momma simply observed with a worm in her mouth, ready to feed nourishment and encouragement into her little ones. They grow up so fast. I know that the day is coming when I will no longer see the momma with her babies. That’s the natural order. It is to be expected. It is to be celebrated. Mommas everywhere know that they grow up so fast.


Proverbs 22:6

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.



2 thoughts on “They Grow Up So Fast

  1. So true, Debbie. And as children of God, our time here on earth goes by so fast as well. Sometimes I want to really slow down that natural order and hang out in favorite seasons of life a lot longer yet he shows me that he has something for me, a purpose, in every season of life.

    Back to the robins: For two or three years, they have nested in my hanging ferns or geraniums on the porch. I loved watching them develop, hearing their chirps and admiring the wonderful care that their mother provided. I also noted a male robin … their father, I’m sure, … keeping watch from nearby. Such a sweet little family. It always made me sad when they were gone; yes, gone so fast.


    • Donna, You are in such a good season now. One that God has been preparing for you for a long time coming. It is exciting to think that He still has more seasons for you – for us- to enjoy. Our robin family is now gone. I’ll have to keep watch to see if they come back to the same little pine tree in our backyard next year.


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