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My wife enjoys birds. She really enjoys birds. By the way, she’s a “birder”, not a bird watcher. Calling someone who loves birds a bird watcher is like calling a Star Trek fan a “trekkie” instead of a “trekker” – it’s not kosher and it might earn you a whack upside the head (as they say here in Georgia!)
A few years ago, we moved to Georgia and she had not yet made any friends, so she was a little depressed. I asked her if there was anything she’d like to have or do that she thought might give her delight. After some consideration she said she’d enjoy having a bird feeder. Well, from a bird feeder and a pole – then a squirrel baffle, an extra part to make the pole longer and a “squirrel proof” feeder (because the squirrels were getting fat on the bird food) – on through a few Mother’s Days, Birthdays and Christmases, and she now has quite a set up consisting of no less than ten feeders! She and the birds are happier now and the squirrels are not quite so fat, though they get seeds and nuts from the ground that the birds carelessly dropped.
What does she enjoy about the birds? She says they have personalities; they are curious-landing on the window ledge to look in at her-and they are just plain pretty and fun to watch. In the past I have done some DayBreaks entitled, “Lessons my Dog Taught Me”. I asked her what were some things that birds have taught her. She paused a moment and said, “Color is good. Bright color is even better. God must love color.”
Birds, especially the males, are very colorful. In some species the male birds’ colors actually change and get even brighter as they come into mating season (such as goldfinches). The brighter colors must attract the females and let them know the males are happy to see them. What is there about birds (and all of us, actually), that we are attracted by bright colors? That we are attracted by beauty?
I believe that God himself is beautiful, and that he uses beauty to draw us to him. After all, who can explain why there is such a thing as beauty? Why do we even have the concept? Babies look at pretty sparkly things and are attracted to them even before they have words to express what they feel or see. Beauty, birds and color are mysteries, even as God is.
Just look at the description of the throne scene in Revelation 4:2: At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.  And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.
Our beautiful God loves beauty. And no matter how you look, you are His creation and He believes you are beautiful…and His beauty calls you to Him and to beautiful things as a testimony of the image of God in which you are made.
PRAYER: What will it be like, Lord, to see you in all your beauty? Thank you for the beauty of the earth, the skies and all of creation! Thank you for making everything beautiful in its own time! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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