Snow Birds

DAY FIVE    “Let the birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” Genesis 1:20


BIRDS… GOD’S ENGINEERING MASTERPIECE 

Birds are by far, the most visible of all animals because they are just about everywhere and they are flying all around us.  Even in a crowded city you are likely to see sparrows, pigeons, and Sternus vulgaris… European Starlings.

If you climb in the Himalaya you can see ravens pilaging camps at well over 20,000′.  And even higher still, snow geese have been seen migrating at over 30,000′.  As a birder, there are so many birds that captivate me, but the acrobatic hummingbirds are my favorite. They are truly gems in flight… God’s engineering masterpiece!

Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird


THE BIRDS TEACH US OF GOD

Through the fish and the birds God teaches us what these simple creatures already know, that God is the supreme ruler and provider of all.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?  Job 12:7-9

So, if this is true men, what do birds teach us about God. What lessons can we apply to ourselves?  Let’s take a quick look and see…


THE BIRDS TEACH US OF AN INTELLIGENT DESIGNER

One of the greatest feats of human engineering is that of flight.  Overcoming gravity and safely flying around from Point A to Point B is a modern invention. But God, on the fifth day of creation, simply spoke birds into existence… BAM!  These living, breathing, flying machines are still, in many ways, outperforming the most advanced flying machines that man has ever created.


AVIAN FLIGHT DESIGNS

So how do birds manage to fly?  Well, there are many design features that make flight possible but the most important are the feathers and bones which are illustrated below…


DESIGN FEATURE #1 – Insulating

Golden-Crowned Kinglet


DESIGN FEATURE #2 – Aerodynamic

Gulls in Flight


DESIGN FEATURE #3 – Colorful… gives the WOW! to flight 

Peacock Nape Feathers



DESIGN FEATURE #4 – Self-Healing

Primary Feather Detail


DESIGN FEATURE #5 – Waterproof

Greylag Goose Preening


DESIGN FEATURE #6 – Breathable

Wispy Down and Filoplume


DESIGN FEATURE #7 –  Hollow Bones

Humerus Internal Architecture


DESIGN FEATURE #8 – Fused Bones

The Wishbone… Fused Clavicles

As incredible as these design features are, there’s another layer of complexity that involves the heart, lungs, eyes, and basically everything, that make flight possible.  The level of irreducible complexity is staggering!  To me, birds are one of the strongest arguements for the existence of an Intelligent Designer.


THE BIRDS TEACH US ABOUT OURSELVES

As amazing as birds are in their design, I would like to take this study closer to home as we discover object lessons from nature found in the bible that apply to our lives.

LESSON #1 – God Loves Us

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31


LESSON #2 – God Provides Our Needs

Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food? Job 38:41

“God gives every bird his food, but he does not throw it into the nest.” French Saying


LESSON #3 – God Protects Us

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”  Matthew 23:37


LESSON #4 – God Renews Our Strength

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31


Lesson #5 – God Directs Us

Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration.  But my people do not know the requirements of the LordJeremiah 8:7
HUMAN MIGRATION:  If you are lucky enough to migrate south in the winter you are following God’s design… or so I think!  You are a SNOW BIRD and someday many of us would like to join your flock!

Personal Reflection

Gentlemen, God has a special message for you from these nature observations.  Jesus often used nature object lessons to teach deep spiritual truths and it’s still one of the most powerful ways he uses to connect with your heart and mind.

If you will take a few minutes to reflect on what God is saying to you through his “still small voice” you will be blessed with a message for the day.


My Prayer

Dear Father, my Creator and Sustainer,

Through the masterpiece of engineering and through the exquisite beauty of  birds, I can see your intelligence and character displayed. You are beyond knowing yet you desire to know me.

You notice when even one sparrow falls so I know you are watching over me.  Your holy word tells me through the lives of birds that you love me more than a sparrow, that you provide for me like the ravens, that you protect me like a mother hen, that you renew me like an eagle, and that you direct me like swift.

It is my prayer today that I will be like a bird in your hand of safety and provision today.

Amen

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