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Genesis 1:20 More!


On the fifth day you also created the birds to “fly above the earth in the expanse of the heavens.”  Lord, I can’t imagine our world without birds.  My mother and my stepmother after my mom died have both been bird lovers.  There have always been bird feeders in the yard at my parents’ home.  I love to sit at my mom and dad’s dining room table and watch the birds that come to feed there.  They live in Kansas and the beauty of the bluebirds, yellowbirds and red cardinals is breathtaking.  To see the brightly colored birds gathered there together is such a reflection of your glory in creation for me. 

There are so many scriptures in God’s Word about birds. Two I like about Eagles are:

Exodus 19:4

“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles‘ wings, and brought you to Myself.”

Isaiah 40:31

“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.”

Dear Lord, thank you for being a God who created the beauty of the birds that fly in the expanse of the sky.  The way you created so many different species with rainbow colors reminds me of how you created us in the same way.  So many beautiful colors and features in our diversity.  We were all created for your pleasure and for your service.  You have gifted us uniquely and given each a purpose for our lives.  Thank you Lord!  Thank you Lord.

I love the way you created birds to be able to fly and their feathers to resist water that would weigh them down.  When I look at the markings on the birds they are so beautiful so perfectly placed.  What a blessing to see your handiwork in the creation of birds.  Lord, I could do a whole study just on what your creation of birds tells us about you but know that for this study my purpose is to see the bigger picture of who you are in scripture.  Thank you Lord!

I find it very interesting though Lord that in the 97 verses in the NIV that have the word birds and the 35 that have the word bird, most are about the birds eating or devouring the flesh of people.  It seems you use birds as a terrible end for someone.  I thought I would find lots of verses about their beauty but that wasn’t what I found.  I know there are some great verses on eagles so I want to look at this a bit more.

Today Lord I just want to focus on you and the glory of your creation when you made all of the birds.  When you spoke them into being they were, and still are, so beautiful. They are such a work of beauty, aerodynamics and weather resistance.  So many things I see about you and how knowing and loving and kind in your creation of birds.  Thank  you that as I sat at the cabin at Fallen Leaf Lake with the girls this weekend we were able to see the beauty of  Blue Jays, Sparrows, ducks and many others that I don’t know the name of.  Sue Jo scatters bird seed on the deck railings and we watch them come, along with the squirrels and chipmunks, to eat up the feast she has put out for them. It is such a joy to watch these beautiful creatures of yours.  Thank you for the big and small things you placed in creation as you spoke it into being.  Thank you for being a God who cares about the large and the tiny details in what you create.  Thank you for bearing us up on eagles wings.  Thank you we can mount up like eagles in you Lord!  I so love you!

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Genesis 1:20 a


Lord, on the fifth day of creation you chose to speak into being the living creatures in the waters of the earth.  You said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures.”  I think today of how so many of the teeming swarms of the seas and rivers are down to few.  We have over fished and taken more than our share for sport and not food so that teeming with swarms doesn’t seem an appropriate term in all cases.  Lord, what I see about you in this is the way you have always been abundant in your giving.  You knew in your great wisdom what we would do with your creation and you provided abundantly so that even in our misuse there are still many swarms of living creatures in the waters of our earth.

I today think of the beauty that awed me in the magnificent colors and shapes and sizes of fish that I saw last summer in San Francisco at the aquarium.  The beauty of the colors and the way the fish swam in unison or swarmed in unison was amazing. I think of the fish that were almost hidden from sight because you created them to blend with the rocks and sand and not be easily spotted.  I know that was for protection from their predators.

Thank you God for being my God who provides abundantly for me and all I love.  You never just meet needs but surprise me constantly with the extras as I walk with you.  Not just material extras, though you do that, but surprising interactions, moment by moment throughout the day.  Unexpected sweet moments when I know that what just happened was a God thing.  I love you so and appreciate the abundance you continually give to our relationship.  I so desire that my life would abundantly reflect you!

Thank you for being a God who created me to be hidden and protected from my enemy, the deceiver and liar who wants me to see what I am not and miss who I really am in you.  Thank you for redeeming my soul, loving me totally, giving me eternal life with you, and making me a new creation in Christ Jesus my savior.  I so love you!  I so, so love you!!