On our wedding day thirty six years ago, my new husband and I were privileged to witness a magnificent and breath-taking starling murmuration. We watched in wonder as thousands of birds all swooped and dived together in perfect harmony and unity for about five minutes. As the incredible spectacle unfolded we were almost lost for words as the birds swirled, twisted and turned together in ever changing shapes above us; a dance taking place in the sky. Ever since that day I have been fascinated by this amazing natural phenomenon. As a Christadelphian I believe that God created the earth and everything in it. In witnessing scenes like this I see God’s power and His greatness. How could this intricate behaviour have evolved? How does each individual bird know when to turn in perfect synchronisation with all the others? How do they all know to funnel towards the ground in one common motion at the end of the murmuration? How do they not crash into each other as they come to roost in the trees? Surely this does not come about by complete chance. Although scientists think they know why the starlings do this, they do not fully understand how they do it. In the Bible we read: “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10 (ESV) I believe that God is a God of design, that He created the earth to reveal His glory and power so that man can learn about His character, his plan and His purpose with the earth. “God the LORD, Who created the heaven and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it.” Isaiah 42:5 (ESV) Next time you see something truly magnificent in the natural world, I urge you to take a second to stop and ponder in awe, to marvel at its intricacy and to see in it an almighty Creator. pershore-bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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