The other morning I was walking through the house, I could hear a familiar sound that I haven’t heard for a while. I stopped and listened. The sound put a smile on my face and joy in my heart. It was the sound of birds chirping. Another sign of Spring.
God created all kinds of birds. “And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” (Genesis 1:20 NIV) At the end of verse 21 we read that God created “every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Birds are a good thing. I must admit that I don’t enjoy it when they leave certain something behind.
The smallest bird in the world is the Bee Hummingbird, measuring at two and a quarter inches (according to a Google search). You may have guessed that the Ostrich is the largest bird. It can grow up to nine feet and can weigh 300 pounds. YIKES! What a contrast between the smallest and largest birds in the world. Some birds can fly while other don’t. God, the creator of all things, has a great imagination!
Have you ever just sat and watched birds fly and interact with each other? I find it amusing. Sometimes it’s entertaining and sometimes it can be annoying.
One time my mother-in-law and I watched the crows and magpies as they flew around and squawked at each other. My mother-in-law would make up conversations that she thought they might be having with each other. It was fun for a while. Then they flew away and we could get back to our conversation.
The eagle, to me, is a majestic bird. Watching it soar high in the sky with its large wing span is incredible. There is a wonderful verse in the Bible about eagles, “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 NIV).
When times are tough, and the struggle is real, I think about soaring above my problems like an eagle soars above the ground. Have you ever imagined being on the back of an eagle as it soars in the sky? One would probably get a very different perspective from up there, maybe even a different perspective on the struggles of life. As the eagle is a strong bird, when we hope in the LORD, our faith can be renewed and strengthened.
The sound of an eagle isn’t what I would call a chirping sound. Truthfully, it’s a little frightening. As much as I am amazed by the eagle, I prefer the cheerful chirping or singing of the smaller birds that I hear behind the house. The cheerful chirping songs of the birds is music to my hears and joy in my heart and that, is a beautiful thing.