In our backyard, near the edge of the old swing set, we discovered a tiny bunny nest tonight. When we carefully moved aside some dead grass and bunny fur, inside were two sets of tiny brown bunny eyes looking back at us. The wee bunnies sat very still and barely breathed. We managed to snap a couple of pictures (one fuzzy and one clearer), but then we carefully covered the tiny rabbits again.
When I was little, I remember my dad made sure he looked the yard over before he began to mow. He had previous experience that bunnies will sometimes put their nests right in the middle of the yard--any place where there is a dip or tiny hole. I remember how he came into the house and led us three kids out to the bunny nest. He showed us the little critters inside and told us how the mother was protecting her babies with fur and grass.
We watched the nest for a few days, and one day, the baby bunnies jumped out of their cozy home and scampered in every direction. I remember how puzzled I was when I cornered one. He stood very still--not a whisker twitched...he acted like I couldn't even see him! Silly bunny. Eventually, I got bored watching him (Dad had given us strict instructions to not handle them), so I left to go play with something else. As I turned to leave, I heard a soft scratch of the grass and glanced behind in time to see the timid bunny leap frantically into the bushes at the edge of the yard.
I'm so glad God made baby bunnies. I'm glad they're a part of summer, and green grass, and soft blue skies. I'm glad He decided to put beauty into each creature and a sense of awe in our human hearts for the awesomely made animals that share our world.
How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. Psalms 104:24 & 27, The Holy Bible, NIV