Going to the Birds Devotional

Going to the Birds!

Julia Bettencourt

Posted April 21, 2011

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21

We are going to the birds today to see what they can teach us, so get your binoculars and we'll go birdwatching together.  We are going to see what some of those old bird-related sayings can teach us through some early birds, owls, hawks, and crows.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm!

I guess you've heard that one before.  It means the first bird there is sure to get the worm and get fed.  To put it in our vernacular, to us ladies that means the first one in the store to shop, gets the good deals.  Ever been shopping that day after Thanksgiving or when a big sale is going on?

Everyone's lined up at the door before the store opens, just waiting to see what they can snatch up like a bird does a worm.  Look at how hard some of us try to get there early.  We go to bed early the day before and get up early and fly off ready to swoop down.  And watch out, you may get pecked on if you are holding something someone else wants.

I think that we should all have the attitude that we want to get to our Bibles first and be fed with the Word of God each morning.  How early do we get up to make sure we have that time that we need in the Scriptures to get fed for the day?

Do we mind missing a little sleep to make sure we don't miss out on those wonderful blessings and nuggets that will see us through?  We've got to make it a habit to get up early and snatch up some nourishment from God's Word that we will need to fortify us.

Adult birds will take a worm back to their little babies, so us moms need to remember that too.  Do we dig in and share what we learn from the Word with our our children?

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. Psalm 63:1

Wise as an owl.

I'm not a big fan of owls (to me they're creepy), but I sure would like to be wise.  I tried to find out why they were considered wise and there were more than a few answers.  Some people say that in Greek mythology the owl was associated with Athena, who was considered the goddess of wisdom.

Some sources said it was because an owl looks serious, old, and wise.  Another source said it was because the owl sees all but really doesn't say much and even another source said because large eyes are a sign of wisdom.

I really don't know if there is just one answer, but whatever the reason, I think we could all do with a little more wisdom.  Solomon wanted wisdom more than anything.  Wisdom is a wonderful treasure which we should be seeking too.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! Proverbs 16:16

Watch Like a Hawk.

This saying means to watch someone or something very closely.  Hawks have very sharp eyesight and they fly high in the air so they have a good view.  They are able to easily watch for prey and keep an eye out to protect their nests.

There are some things that come into our lives that we've got to watch like a hawk too.  We need to watch every area of our life that could get attacked and make us lose our witness.

We've got to get that aerial view and be on the look out for sin that could sneak in to destroy us.  We have to be on guard when it comes to our Christian walk.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

Something to Crow About!

This one we usually interpret as meaning we have something to say.  Usually exciting news!  As Christians we do have exciting news to share about Christ.  We also have an important warning that we probably don't talk about as much as we should.

Warning people of an everlasting hell seems to always be on the back burner for us Christians.  The rich man in hell sure knew it was important and wanted someone to go to his family and warn them so they wouldn't end up where he was.

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.    Luke 16:23-28

We do have something to crow about.


I hope you've enjoyed our bird watching expedition.  The Lord created such wonderful creatures such as the birds for us to enjoy but also to learn a few lessons from too.

We have a hummingbird that spends a lot of time outside my living room window.  There's a Bottlebrush tree right there that he's attracted to.  Sometimes he's there every day for awhile.  Then he disappears sometimes for a month or so and then it comes back.

Actually, I don't know if it's just one hummingbird or if I'm enjoying several different ones over time.  Anyway, I sure enjoy watching them, and everytime I see them, I'm reminded how intricate and marvelous all of God's creatures are.

I have a small table with a couple chairs sitting by the window and so I can sit there with my coffee, just a couple feet away from that bird.  Sometimes it makes me sing out-loud, How Great Thou Art! when I see that bird looking like a little helicopter outside my window.  I have to make myself turn away and get back to what I was doing as I'm so fascinated by it.

I love that the Lord gives me little things like the birds to enjoy which encourages me and makes me think.  It helps me remember how wonderful a God I have.

Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. Nehemiah 9:6

So, have you been watching for God's blessings and lessons?

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