Our house in Florida sits on a small pond. One of my favorite pastimes is to gaze at the wildlife—all kinds of birds, turtles, and the occasional alligator and river otter. This past week I witnessed a certain spectacle for the first time: flight school for herons! Lining the pond were countless white herons and their young. As I watched, I noticed that next to each larger bird were several younger birds. It appeared that each bird had to wait its turn to leave the shore and venture out over the water, and rarely did a baby bird make it completely over the pond. They would fly a mere ten to twenty feet and then return to its parent. It was a beautiful scene.
But then I became alarmed. Sitting on one side of the pond, gathered together, were five large vultures. They were just watching the activities. Occasionally one would leave its spot and circle the pond. The herons would immediately fly to shore. What were the vultures up to? Waiting for a casualty or marking their territory? Worried, I googled “vultures.” I learned that they do not prey on live animals, only the dead. Relieved, I lost the temptation to boldly chase the vultures away! I sat back, relaxed, and watched the scene for a long time—a natural show better than any TV binge watching can offer.
I am sure that with some thought, I could devise a spiritual illustration from this experience—the protection of a mother over its child, the need to train our children “in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6), or the threat of the enemy (Satan) over our youth. But rather, I have decided to just marvel over God’s amazing creation! Sometimes I am so busy in my day that I bypass the awesomeness of what God has done. God has displayed His Glory all around us. I am grateful that today, I did not miss it!
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” Hebrews 11:3
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Proverbs 139:13-14
“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” Hebrews 3:4
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:28
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