God’s little wonder
Have you ever thought of theÂ wonder of wings? A flying pelicanÂ takes it easy at about one beat of hisÂ wings per second. A crow does a lazyÂ two or three beats per second. Itâ€™sÂ really comical to see a crow beingÂ chased by a little red-winged blackbird.Â Although the poor old crow hunchesÂ forward, trying frantically to pick upÂ speed, he is no match for the speedyÂ dive-bomber on his tail. But the speed-kingÂ of the feathered kingdom is theÂ hummingbird.
Flashing its colours in flight,Â it can fly forward, backward, up,Â down, sideways or sit in sheer spaceÂ between its blurred wings. The maleÂ ruby-throated hummingbird has aÂ wing-span of about 10 cm and weighsÂ approximately three grams â€“ aboutÂ the same as a copper penny. It beatsÂ its wings in a figure eight no less thanÂ 53 times per second in normal flight,Â turning them completely over on theÂ backstroke. But in courtship dives,Â they pour it on and accelerate to 220Â beats per second. HummingbirdsÂ are marvelously maneuverable. TheyÂ can change instantaneously to a newÂ direction, and launch and land at fullÂ speed.
After spending the winter in CentralÂ America, many ruby-throats make theÂ long journey each spring from PanamaÂ to Canada. Twenty hours of the trip areÂ spent flying 800 kms non-stop overÂ the Gulf of Mexico. When on land,Â they have been clocked at 100 kms perÂ hour.
Now, just how did this fantasticÂ little creature happen to have not onlyÂ wings and the motor to beat them soÂ fast, but the sensitive controls whichÂ can vary the angle of its wings andÂ even reverse them at will? How doesÂ it find its way across so many miles ofÂ water and land from its winter to itsÂ summer home?
The God who created this tiny birdÂ is the same God who created you. EvenÂ an insignificant little sparrow cannotÂ fall to the ground without God seeingÂ and knowing. â€œFear ye not therefore, yeÂ are of more value than many sparrowsâ€Â (Matthew 10:31). If the Lord GodÂ knows all about these birds which HeÂ has created and cares for, He certainlyÂ knows all about you. He wants you toÂ trust in Him by accepting His Son, theÂ Lord Jesus Christ, as the One who canÂ save you from the penalty of your sin.Â Have you done this?
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