Question: In southern Arizona, how much wood would a woodpecker peck, if a woodpecker could peck wood?
Answer: None, we don’t have forests so they peck our metal chimney cap.
We always know when spring has sprung in Arizona. Every year at this time, we are rudely awakened to the loud tapping of a woodpecker on our metal chimney cap. After much research, turns out the male woodpeckers are tapping to define their territory and to attract females. It is a mating call of such. Every morning between 5:30 and 6:15 we are blasted awake to the long hammering of the woodpecker. Occasionally it is a short blast, just enough to make sure we are awake. I’m concerned for the little guy, doesn’t he know the ladies don’t like to be awakened that way? He has been doing it everyday for weeks so I am guessing he hasn’t found the love of his life. I am fairly certain there is something different with this bird, I strongly suspect one of his parents was a rooster. His consistency is amazing. Pretty soon, I will wake one morning with a start, missing the "rooster’s crow" knowing that summer is definitely here. I like to think that Woody met Mrs. Right and is off nesting in a Saguaro somewhere, sleeping in everyday, now that the search is over.
Remember when you met the love of your life? Was he hammering away, desperate to get your attention, defining his territory and patiently pursuing you? Give your "different bird" a break today, even if you suspect one of his parents is a rooster. God does the same for us, pouring out his mighty grace daily. He stands at the door and knocks, desperately desires your attention, calls you his own and patiently waits for you. Let Christ fill your cup and overflow onto the love of your life.