Tall Eucalyptus with Brittle Branches
Why Birds have Wings, and We Don't
Last week I watched as a crow lit on a branch high in this tree, outside my office. The limb gave way under the bird's weight.
The crow rode down about fifty feet, still perched on the falling branch. No more than ten feet from the ground, the bird flapped its wings and took flight, avoiding a painful, or perhaps fatal, collision.
Have you ever had a moment in life when you felt like you were clinging to a falling limb? I have.
Lacking wings, I call on God. While at times it's seemed that the ground was coming up fast, He's never yet allowed me to hurtle to the earth.
He teaches us in infinite ways to trust in Him, to depend on Him. He can even use a brittle old branch and a noisy bird to remind us of our need for Him.
Crow in Tree
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired
His understanding is inscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NASB)