“Come on! You can do it!” I felt like shouting from the deck. But not wanting to scare the baby birds who were being encouraged to fly, I was quiet and watched. The mother fluttered her wings and then flew off, circling back around to encourage her fledglings to give it a try. Soon she nudged them with her beak, and a few shook their wings as if they were just discovering they had wings.
“Go for it, little ones! You’ve made it out of the nest,” I silently cheered. “You were created to fly! It’s part of your design.”
As I watched the first adventurous fledgling fly off, I sensed God reminding me that just like birds are created to fly, we are created to hear His voice. Created in God’s image and filled with His Spirit, we have everything we need to hear from Him. We are designed to be in relationship with God.
I must have watched the birds for about an hour. The mother left for a while and then came back. Other birds seemed to stop by to encourage the small ones and to sit with them as they gained strength or mustered up courage. Thank you, Lord, that You do that for me. You wait with me. You send others to encourage me. I’m grateful.
Interacting with God through His creation helps me know Him better. He gives insights, wisdom, and revelation of His character as I pay attention and ask Him questions about His natural laws and design.
Yes, all the fledglings flew. They soared in circles for a few minutes, joined by other birds in the area, and then zoomed off. They were created to fly. We are created to hear from God.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
–Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV)
Your Response: Take a few minutes and go outside or look out your window. Ask God to highlight a part of His creation. Focus on it, and ask Him to speak to you through His design. Be quiet. Wait. Listen with the eyes and ears of His Spirit within you.
You may also want to ask Him to highlight a verse from Psalm 19. Then ask Him to tell you more. Pause and listen.