God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. (Acts 17:24 NKJV)
The Troglodytidae – Wrens Family was the one skipped over in the Sunday Inspiration last week. There are 84 species in the family, so they deserve their own blog. The family name Troglodytidae is derived from troglodyte, which means “cave-dweller”, and the wrens get their scientific name from the tendency of some species to forage in dark crevices.
Wrens are medium-small to very small birds. The Eurasian wren is among the smallest birds in its range, while the smaller species from the Americas are among the smallest passerines in that part of the world. They range in size from the white-bellied wren, which averages under 10 cm (3.9 in) and 9 g (0.32 oz), to the giant wren, which averages about 22 cm (8.7 in) and weighs almost 50 g (1.8 oz). The dominating colors of their plumage are generally drab, composed of gray, brown, black, and white, and most species show some barring, especially to tail and/or wings. No sexual dimorphism is seen in the plumage of wrens, and little difference exists between young birds and adults. All have fairly long, straight to marginally decurved bills.
Wrens have loud and often complex songs, sometimes given in duet by a pair. The song of members of the genera Cyphorhinus and Microcerculus have been considered especially pleasant to the human ear, leading to common names such as song wren, musician wren, flutist wren, and southern nightingale-wren.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31 NKJV)
“He is Everything To Me” – Men’s Ensemble – Faith Baptist
- Troglodytidae – Wrens
- Cactus Wren – All About Birds
- Carolina Wren – All About Birds
- Bewick’s Wren – All About Birds
- House Wren – All About Birds
- Pacific Wren – All About Birds
- Wren – Wikipedia
WOW! Thanks, Lee — the Men’s Ensemble at your church really demonstrate what good and godly singing is! And the wrens really demonstrate God’s caring providence and artistic creativity. Wrens are small birds with up-turned tails — they are easy to recognize. Also, wrens are so resourceful when it comes to homemaking. Wrens can turn a cave into a home — or even a wreath hanging on the outside of a front door. For several years my wife hung wreaths on our front door, to make the changing seasons. But if the wreath housed the nest of a Bewick’s wren we would patiently wait until it appeared that the nest was no longer inhabited, before changing to the wreath of another season. Once I opened the front door, to enter my house, and the nesting Bewick’s wren flew off the nest (as often occurred) — but this time she flew into our house, confused, and panicked in her effort to find an exit. Waving a broom, to shoo her toward the front door (but not to hurt her), I eventually coxed the wren toward the front door — which she gladly exited from. Poor wren — she was so confused about where she was. Yet how often do we get off-track (like the prophet Jonah), in our lives, and the Lord patiently directs us back toward His will for our lives, correcting our missteps. It may seem scary, at such times, as He “shoos” us back toward where we should be, but He wisely knows what is best — for His program and for our own good — and so He directs us to where we should be. If only that scared wren had realized that I only wanted what was best for her — I was not going to hurt her with the broom. How much moreso does our Heavenly Father want the best for our lives, here-and-now and for eternity.
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Thanks, Dr. Jim. What an interesting tale about your wrens. Oh, my, do we every need those times when the Lord lovingly “shoos” us back in the right direction. Like the hymn also says, “Prone to wonder Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.” Yet, The Lord is always there ready to turn us back to His path for us.
Amen & amen.