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Zechariah 2:10 (ESV) – Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD.
“Sing loud, sing often, and reply when others sing to you”. Birdsong is glorious, especially where we live in the South. The weather is temperate and there are lots of trees and forested areas which make great bird habitats. Bird songs are a constant background to our home life and she is trying to learn to identify the birds by their sounds.
Birds must be very social, in general. It’s obvious, when you listen, that different species repeat back their calls when they are in hearing distance of each other. They also call to each other. In case you think I’m being anthropomorphic, this subject been studied. It seems like birds must sing because they are joyful, but that’s not always the case. Birds also call out warnings to other birds when predators are near. There is a documented “early warning system”, in which calls were passed from birds to other birds in a forest at more than 100 miles per hour. These calls “ripple ahead of a predator minutes before it flew overhead, giving prey time to hide.” The other thing that is interesting is that while raptors can hear well at low frequencies, smaller birds call to each other at higher frequencies, which must make their warnings hard for the predator birds to hear. I find this amazing; the intricate way that God helps littler creatures protect themselves from those who would harm them.
Do we “sing” to each other enough? Do we spread our joy around for all to hear and rejoice in? Do we spread our warnings around also? Or do we keep ourselves to ourselves and not communicate?
On another note (no pun intended!), when birds hear the early warning system, they are smart enough to seek safety. When the Spirit gives us warnings either though the Word or inner promptings, are we smart enough to trust what we’re hearing? When God’s Spirit warns us against certain types of behavior – but we ignore it – what does that say about us? Those warnings are put into the Word not because God is a cosmic kill-joy, but because He knows better than we what is good and what/who is out to kill us. We would do well to pay attention!
URL of the bird song article in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/science/decoding-the-cacophony-of-birds-warning-calls.html?_r=0
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for all we can look forward to at the end of life, and the end of time! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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