Bird Migration

Scripture reading

God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, “We are His offspring.”
–Acts 17:27-28

Thought of the Day

I recently read an article in the paper about birds on the move. In the month of September, radar screens track as many as 12 million thrushes, orioles, and other songbirds beginning the journey of migration. Throughout the fall, tens of millions more birds do the same. We are not quite sure how they do it. Those that study birds, (I only study birds when I am about to eat them), know that they use the sun and stars and physical landmarks to find their way. They use scent and hearing to follow oceans and meadows. It is amazing how they find their way. A tiny warbler may fly from North to South America in only 80 hours. The Artic tern sets the world distance record, migrating all the way from the Artic Circle to Antarctica and back each year. A distance of roughly 22,000 miles. Even though we don’t know how they do these amazing trips we do know why they do them. They really have no choice. When food becomes scarce, they get hungry and move on. When the environment around them gets harsh they have to migrate or perish.
I bet you can guess what I am going to tell you next. We are a lot like birds. When we hunger and when the world around us gets harsh, as people of faith, we migrate to God. We seek Him and find Him because He is right beside us. He gives us nourishment and life. He gives us our very being.

Prayer

Father, I need you. Thank you for needing me. Amen

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