by Emily Conrad
They cut black across a blue sky. They descend on silos in flurried clouds and perch in neat rows atop the green signs lining the highway. They flutter off streetlights as my dogs and I approach.
Birds intrigue me, and that’s probably why, when I search for birds in my collection of photos, Google Photos came back with more than I could ever put in a single post.
The elegant, white glide of a snowy owl reminds me that God equips us for the circumstances we face.
That something so fragile and small as a sparrow can not only survive but thrive reminds me of God’s loving care.
So, I enjoy spotting small flocks perched along the upper rim of some man-made sign, wire, or pole. Birds are so rarely alone up there. Have you noticed that?
Humans posted that sign to signal how many more miles we had to go before our exit. We strung up that wire to provide electricity. We erected that pole to illuminate the street.
What we meant for direction and energy and light, birds see as a resting place.
Perched as they are, they remind us that even those who soar gain from taking a breather with a friend.
They invite us to follow their lead. We can rest with the Giver of Light, borrow strength from the ultimate Energy Source, and dwell on the Directions that will never steer us wrong. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
Because of Jesus, we have a safe place to land. The same God who created each sparrow, crow, and owl invites us to dwell with Him so we can soar like eagles.
And though sometimes, we may look it, we’re never, ever alone. Have you noticed that?
My parents had a pair of great horned owls nest in their yard last year. I’m hoping they’re back, but we haven’t seen them yet this year. I did, however, catch a glimpse of what I believe was a gigantic snowy owl on a walk recently!
Do you have any special birds you keep an eye out for?