Voices that Carry

Joshua 6:20 “…and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, and they took the city.”

It is political season in the United States. From now until November all the media outlets will be saturated with political ads as every advocate for every cause will be projecting their voices in an effort to be heard. Some days, I just have to pull away from all those voices and go for a birding walk. But as a Christian, should I pull away? Should I remain silent?

As I stepped outdoors to get away, my attention was immediately drawn to a noisy bird circling overhead; his loud voice was carrying on the wind. One of the Killdeer birds that is normally darting around in our parking lot was flying through the air and shouting its name: Kill-deah! Kill-deah!!! The voices of the other plovers are more pleasantly described as ‘a plaintive or musical whistle.’ But not the Killdeer, of which Peterson’s Field Guide gives a one-word description: “noisy”.

Killdeer plover bird flying

Killdeer; Walton County, Georgia. www.williamwisephoto.com

So, just like the political activists, the Killdeer too wanted his voice to be heard! And perhaps I should take a lesson from the Killdeer. As Christians, in the interest of peace and harmony, do we remain quiet as the special interest groups shout aloud in support of their own, often unrighteous, causes? Do we let their voices carry louder than ours? The last time that happened, the outcome wasn’t so good. “And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed” (Luke 23:23).

This Killdeer was exemplifying his boisterous description, and simultaneously living up to his species name: Charadrius vociferous. Vociferous is from the Latin, meaning “to shout, yell.” If you break it down, vox means “voice”, and ferre, meaning “to carry”; therefore, vociferous describes ‘voices that carry’. Aptly describing my little plover flying overhead!

Killdeer plover bird

Killdeer; Walton County, Georgia. www.williamwisephoto.com

As the other voices carry along on the winds of social media, radio and television, our Christian voices in support of righteousness should also be heard! What if William Wilberforce and Abraham Lincoln had remained silent? Instead, they let their voices carry on the wind, like the vociferous Killdeer, and changed our society!

Joshua 6:20 “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

Hi, I’m wildlife photographer and nature writer William Wise. I was saved under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology at the University of Georgia. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. I’m currently an animal shelter director and live in Athens, Georgia with my wife and two teenage daughters, who are all also actively involved in ministry. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. William Wise Nature Notes is my wildlife and birding photo blog documenting the beauty, design and wonder of God’s creation. I am also a guest author at Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club. — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104, The Message.

Killdeer atop Killdeer: Appreciating Help from Others

Killdeer  atop  Killdeer:  Appreciating  Help  from  Others

Dr. James J. S. Johnson


KILLDEER perched atop KILLDEER (photo credit: The Offlede)

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.  (Ephesians 2:20)

As you strive for a “higher” place in life (whether that be a little higher, or a lot higher, than where you started form)  —  and when you think about your own achievements  —   don’t forget to appreciate those who helped you to rise higher.  Whose shoulders are you standing on?  Whose help should you be appreciative of?

If you are a Christian, this surely applies to your faith’s foundation:  the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the unique cornerstone of our faith; His apostles and prophets (such as the holy men who wrote the books of the New Testament) provide the theological and historical foundation for our faith, connecting it to the Old Testament (John 5:44-47).

So whatever accomplishment we may ever have, as Christians, we are relying upon — and benefiting from — the firm foundation providentially given to us, i.e., what the prophet Jude calls the “once-delivered-unto-the-saints faith” (Jude 1:3).

That’s what I see, from where I’m perched  —  there are many who have helped me, according to God’s many and good providences along the years!


KILLDEER atop KILLDEER (photo credit: The PhotoNaturalist)


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One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill. (Isaiah 30:17)

Killdeer – Perching Piggyback ©Cutestpaw.com


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