On Saturday, I filled the bird feeder, and before I had time to close the front door behind me, an enterprising chickadee had already landed for a late breakfast. Soon, the front yard needed air traffic control to regulate all the landings and take offs.
And those honking Canada geese that pass overhead after a quick layover on White Oak Pond…?
How do they know?
Birds just seem to know things and then do things–no quibbling over details or second guessing the game plan. Often a flock of black, noisy creatures will populate every limb of our front yard maples until, on some silent cue, they go airborne in perfect unison.
We bear witness to avian wisdom every year in migratory birds who eat what’s convenient, follow the mountains, keep one eye on the Atlantic Ocean, and just turn their wings into the wind.
Birds Know and Do the Requirements of the Lord
Jeremiah, God’s fed-up prophet, weary of Israel’s spiritual shenanigans came to this conclusion:
Even the stork in the skyJeremiah 8:7
knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know
the requirements of the Lord.”
Jeremiah wasn’t arguing that birds are smarter than people, but he had observed their ability to yield to a higher wisdom, a deeper following , and a proven way.
You and I, with our New Testament underpinnings, can begin today to “know the requirements of the Lord.” Instead of “pursuing our own course” and “rejecting the word of the Lord,” miraculously, in the Spirit’s power, we can actually fulfill those righteous requirements, for it boils down to one thing: LOVE.
If love really is “the fulfillment of the law,” (and Paul says it is!) let’s believe that proven way. Let’s allow the truth to sink deep into our bones. And then, let’s fly!
Holding you in the Light,
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