Four times a year are enjoyable. Those four times? Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter complete the favorite four. One astonishing delightful and mysterious spring event is migration. Liking birds since boyhood, but not a birder, the marvel of migration has my head turned upward often these spring days. In the past 15 days, my untrained eyes and ears have seen or heard a minimum of 20 species of birds. This fact is recorded to boast. My explanation is coming. Allow me more details. On March 15, a Bluebird sang in our backyard. Three days later my grandson and I witnessed a Sand-hill Crane high overhead. My longtime favorite, Redwing Blackbirds came on the 24th. For the past 3 days, my eyes and ears have thrilled at the pure wildness of the Tundra Swan. In flocks, and finally today feeding and resting on water. Fifteen days after the Bluebird new species continue to arrive. Cormorant, Turkey Vultures and an Eastern Phoebe. This account would have many more birds if a birder shared their list.
These stunning creatures bring us back to the boast spoken of earlier. God is doing this. He orchestrates to change of seasons. As spring arrives food becomes available. Birds move to it. The wetland the Tundra swans were feeding on in the photo had ice on it 36 hours earlier. How did they find this food source? Spring migration is like a rising river. For the next weeks of spring new species will arrive, some will stay. Others, like the magnificent Tundra Swan will move even further north. God is at work.
The wisest man in the world was also a naturalist. Rulers from all over the world came to hear his wisdom. Solomon spoke these words applicable to seasons, for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 We are in the season of fantastic spring.
Allow one more boast-for God. If He is orchestrating this seasonal movement of wild things-in perfect order. What can we the people take from this? First, we are witnessing God at work creating another spring. Paul, the apostle said, The Lord is at hand; Philippians 4:5b. He is at hand in this incredible movement of birds. He is at hand in your life! He provides food, water and shelter for all of the returning birds. He does that for us. It’s called daily bread. The birds are utterly dependent upon God’s good provision. He lovingly provides each day for us-all we need. Tomorrow, the Tundra Swans will likely be gone on their way to the distant arctic to nest. Amazing, God is at hand for them every mile of the way. They are birds He provides for them…but we are created in God’s image. We are greatly loved. God is always at hand. Settle into this truth. Reach out to God in all your trials and troubles-God IS at HAND. That means right beside you.