Lilac Breasted Roller

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Lilac Breasted Roller

A friend sent me a gallery of beautiful bird images. I had to try this beauty in watercolor. This is a Lilac breasted Roller, the national bird of Botswana and Kenya. When I started sketching him, I could only see one foot and I couldn’t see where the end of the twig was that he was perched on. When I discovered his name, I looked up info on him. He perches on the highest tip top twig he can find. He holds on with one foot. He is quite secure on the top of that twig.

Sometimes I feel like I’m hanging on by my toenails. This bird is fearless because he knows that if he loses his footing he can fly. If I lose hold, God has promised to hold onto me and keep me from falling.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”    Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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