It is the heaviest bird living in North America. Historical evidence suggests it nested from the Bering Sea most of Canada and as far south as Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Majesty is everywhere present in this bird. Watch the curve of its neck as it swims you see stateliness. Look up and watch it in flight and witness grand splendor on the move. Set against a blue sky, its white feathers are living magnificence. Its 7-foot wing span takes away breath. In warm weather and ice-free water, it feeds on aquatic plants. In the deep cold of winter, it adds corn gleaned from farm fields. In the early 1900s Trumpeter Swans were hunted to near extinction. Today, in response to conservation efforts, the majestic Trumpeter Swan is found in large numbers in much of its former range.
The beauty of this bird is undeniable. It is mesmerizing. The hearts of people are touched in inexpressible ways at the sight of these birds. Trumpeter Swans are powerful witnesses. They do not speak a language understandable by any human. Yet, they speak. In beauty, majesty, splendor, and magnificence they give silent incontestable witness to God. Before disputing this claim take time to observe Trumpeter Swans. Watch them swim, listen to their calls to one another, then watch them fly.
There are dual intentions in mentioning the Trumpeter Swan to you. First, that you might enjoy its magnificence and beauty. Second, that you might see the hand of God in this snow-white North American native bird. Yes, we know a significant amount of information about this bird’s size, nesting habits, diet and behaviors. But, if we were to ask a wildlife biologist for a candid response. We would find most willing to acknowledge much about the Trumpeter is unknown.
Ravi Zacharias, teacher, and former Cambridge scholar spoke about the witnesses for God found on the earth. Zacharias explained it this way, “God has put enough into the world to make faith in him a most reasonable thing, and he has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason or observation alone.” The Trumpeter Swan is one of God’s glorious bird witnesses. Watch this bird, and witness the infinite wisdom of God the Creator of all things. Its adult pure white plumage, its size, and the grandeur in its curved neck, and graceful flight. There is more than enough mystery in this bird to cause a reflective person to recognize much about the Trumpeter is as Zacharias said, “left out.
Centuries ago, God asked Job a number of questions to cause Job to realize much was left out. These questions had enough left out that Job realized the creative genius of God and the magnificent mystery of His power.
Consider these 5 God generated questions to Job.
1. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have an understanding.
2. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know!
3. Or who stretched the line upon it?
4. On what were its bases sunk?
5. Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38: 4-7
God asked Job 59 more questions like these in chapters 38-40. Job got it. There is no one greater, more mysterious, more powerful and 100% all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present than God.
Can you find a Trumpeter Swan to observe? In this bird there is more than enough to give witness to God. There is more than enough mystery in this bird to point you to God. It is most reasonable.