Psalm 8:4-8 – What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honour. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea. (NRSV)
Back in August, I wrote a devotional about a pair of beautiful Canada Geese that stayed all winter here in southern Georgia, in the south-eastern USA. Some of my Canadian readers responded by saying that they also had seen Canada Geese flying overhead as part of their annual migrations. How do they find their way?
Right after Desert Storm, I had the privilege to talk with an American fighter pilot. He learned about my very limited pilot skills, so he started talking about his flight home. He said that he set his navigational system for Moody Air Force Base just outside of Valdosta, Georgia, and, without changing the system, he landed right on the centre stripe of the runway several hours later.
But can you imagine the navigational system in the tiny brains of those geese that guided the birds from Canada to southern Georgia without a flaw? I cannot get my mind off the words of the psalmist, "O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens." (Psalm 8:1 NRSV)
Prayer: God, You give us the example of the Canada Geese to remind us that You will guide us if we ask for guidance. You are more accurate than modern navigational equipment. Help us to follow Your divine, loving guidance. May we never forget that we are made a little lower than the angels, and help us to act like it. For You care for us like nothing else that You have made. Amen.