It is not fair. The male cardinal gets all the attention with its bright red plumage whereas the female is largely overlooked. And yet, although the colors are more subtle, she is beautiful too. Normally among songbirds, the male is the only one to sing. He will sing to defend his territory and during courtship. However, the female cardinal also sings. She sings mainly during the spring, during courtship and while sitting on her nest. Her song is a bit longer and more complex than the male’s song.
Today’s verse downplays the differences between races, social status and between the sexes. These words describe a coming together that is not so natural. Believers can achieve oneness in Jesus Christ. Regardless of our differences, followers of the Lord can have a unity that is remarkable! Unlike the “birds of a feather who flock together,” the body of Christ is incredibly diverse. People that would not normally come together find themselves sharing a deep bond in our shared love of Jesus!
What a beautiful testimony to find this unity in a world that is so divided! Love that reaches across generation, gender and race is the mark of a Christian (Mark 13:35). It is not natural. I want that mark on my life, but it can only happen with the fruit of the Spirit in me. It helps to remember that down deep, my soul is exactly the same as my neighbor’s. I see differences but the Lord looks on the heart (I Sam 16:7).
Lord, thank you that You can bring together what the world does not!