“A Rule for Birds’ Nesters”

A beautiful nest hidden in our old mailbox. The birds are not gone but we enjoyed the scene.

The robin and the redbreast,

The robin and the wren;

If ye take out o’ their nest,

Ye’ll never thrive agen!

The robin and the redbreast,

The martin and the swallow;

If ye touch one o’ their eggs,

Back luck will surely follow!


We are all aware that touching birds’ eggs will bring harm to the unborn hatchlings. In addition, it is unwise to remove the nest from its resting place for the eggs will not thrive to their created purposes.

But let’s think a minute of how this child’s poem is applicable to our adult lives. How often do we forego refrainment and interfere with nature or circumstances? I often think what harm will come if I get a closer look at the eggs or touch the meticulous crafted nest-

From experience this delicate serene nest quickly turns into a hornet’s nest. Parents do not leave the nest due to human’s smell but from disturbances caused by outside sources. When we allow ourselves to intervene, the opportunity leads to controversy, bitterness and rotten eggs. People leave our nest due to outer disturbances.

Sometimes it is better to observe the nest from a distance and allow God to work His plans.

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Proverbs 19:11 KJV

A person with good sense is patient, and it is to his credit that he overlooks an offense.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV

May your nest be unharmed from outer disturbances. ‘Bad luck’ always follows when we permit disturbances to enter.

Published by jnstover

I am a new retiree due to health issues. I am a former educator who in return was a student to the many personalities in my classroom. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I am building one stick at a time in my life as I adjust/accept my current season of being a homemaker.

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