“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
As many bird watchers are aware, we spend considerable time searching for a bird that we know is near. That can be so frustrating at times. Other times you see a glimpse of the bird, and then when the camera is aimed, it’s not there. Oh, the joys and frustration of looking for God’s Avian Wonders.
One of the most challenging bird I ever searched for was the Tawny Frogmouth. We were at the Aviary in Zoo Miami and were told he was there. We searched high and low with no luck. When we asked the keeper, he pointed him out to us. We had walked right by the bird. It was in plain sight.
The Tawny, one of my favorite birds to have to hunt for, is not the only bird that can get away from you. Some of those little jobs are so fast that they are hard to get a photo of also.
The little woodpeckers can move quite speedily while chasing bugs.
Wrens can also cause you to search and seek. But, I still think these Frogmouths and Potoos were designed by the Creator to blend in with their surroundings. Therefore, giving birdwatchers and photographers a challenge.
With all this searching and finding, there is a good principle here for us to follow. The Lord gave a promise to the Israelites, and that applies to us today.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.”
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
“And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:...” (Jeremiah 29:11-14a)
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I would never have seen it either, even if right before my face! What a very unique looking bird. Our Creator truly is an Artist! Mark 2:12 “…they were all full of wonder, and gave glory to God, saying, We have never seen anything like this.”
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That Frogmouth is an odd fellow, to say the least. Jeremiah 29:13 is a daily challenge — sometimes it is more than inconvenient to be whole-hearted — sometimes it is downright painful. But the outcome is worth it: “not my will, but Thine be done” is one-size-fits-all prayer for God’s providence. May God’s will be done — and be appreciated by us (who belong to Him) ! (Revelation 4:11)
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Aren’t we all a little odd, but that is because God made each of us unique. Yet, He loves every one of us.