Sandpipers scurry along water’s edge, looking like they are having fun, or playing a game with the waves. Like children, they move quickly toward and away from the waves trying not to get their feet wet. In reality, the sandpipers can be looking for bubbles created by the receding waves to indicate where their next meal may be found. They are hunting for sustenance. It seems they are relating to each other, but perhaps their motivation is more self-serving. Two stand close to each other, another nearby watching caringly, one at water’s edge may spare a quick glance behind, another in the foreground looking away from the group.
We may reflect on a verse from Scripture, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Mathew 6:26. God provides. As three waves draw close in ceaseless flow, the birds are guided to their provision, trusting innately in a nature greater than themselves.
Enjoy a beautiful portrait of sandpipers in this Disney Pixar short video entitled “Piper” which viewed before the showing of “Finding Dory”. I know you’ll REALLY enjoy watching it on youtube:
“Gathering” (pictured above as a Deluxe Print) is available at www.BegleyArt.com
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