“But the centurion was more persuaded by the pilot and the captain of the ship than by what was being said by Paul.” (Acts 27:11 NASB)
“Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.” (James 3:4 NASB
Avian and Attributes – Pilot
1. One who steers a ship in a dangerous navigation, or rather one whose office or occupation is to steer ships, particularly along a coast, or into and out of a harbor, bay or river, where navigation is dangerous.
2. A guide; a director of the course of another person. [In colloquial use.]
PI’LOT, v.t. To direct the course of a ship in any place where navigation is dangerous.
The Pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus) is a species of bird in the family Acanthizidae. It is monotypic within the genus Pycnoptilus. The species is endemic to south-east New South Wales and eastern Victoria in Australia. Its natural habitat is temperate wet sclerophyll forests and occasionally temperate rainforest. There are two subspecies Pycnoptilus floccosus floccosus lives in alpine areas of New South Wales such as the Snowy Mountains and Pycnoptilus floccosus sandfordi lives in lowland forest from Newcastle to Melbourne.
The pilotbird is a large, plump species of acanthizid, measuring around 18 centimetres (7.1 in) in length and weighing 27 grams (0.95 oz). It has a large head and a short bill. The plumage is mostly brown with scalloping on the chest and an orangeish throat. The species is highly terrestrial. The name of the species comes from its supposed habit of following lyrebirds, taking prey that they flush. This habit is well known but seldom observed.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalms 37:23 KJV)
One of the my favorite songs about being piloted is “I Will Pilot Thee.” Who else should be directing our steps?
Fear thou not for I’ll be with thee
I will still thy Pilot be
Never mind the tossing billows
Take My hand and trust in Me
*** I really stretched it this time. We haven’t been birdwatching much lately. ***
[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]