It was a real show! In my sister’s yard in Portland, we arranged our chairs to watch as hundreds of small swifts circled in the air. They would gather in small groups, adding new members as they swooped around the rooftops. After about twenty minutes of this confusing ballet, someone in the group deemed it time to drop, fluttering, into the chimney. All it took was one to begin a mass entrance! How did they know when to begin? How did they choose their leader? Somehow, they were communicating with each other to orchestrate this orderly nightly processional.
Today’s verse points out that animals and birds can teach us! If these birds could speak, what would they tell us? Each one of them knows that, “In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (verse 10) They are not at all confused about where they came from and Who it is that gives life and breath. Their existence depends entirely on their Creator. Perhaps that is the meaning of their high-pitched chattering calls!
These birds can testify to truth that escapes many people! He is not far from any of us as, “in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) Not one sparrow is forgotten by God (Luke 12:6) and the swallow nests in the shelter of God’s presence (Psalm 84:3). In God’s sight we are worth so much more than these tiny flying creatures. His care is so obvious in my life. How silly of me to doubt! Regardless of my circumstances, He is there and He is faithful.
Thank you Lord, for your constant unfailing love.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)