I once heard someone at a breakfast ask an author, “How do I experience God?”
The answer they got was not the one they expected. He told them, “Put up a birdhouse.”
The room got quiet, all of us expecting something deep and spiritual sounding. Then he continued, “When you put up a birdhouse, you connect yourself to a migratory pattern spanning thousands of miles. A dance of nature, spanning timezones and climates. You want to experience God? Look to the birds.”
It’s good advice, and it’s biblical. In Matthew 6:26, Christ tells us to, “Look at the birds of the air.”
Two weeks ago, I took up that challenge. As silly as it sounds, I decided to see more than just a bird when I saw one. I decided I would see a completely unnecessary, but unbelievably beautiful, reminder of God’s grace.
The next day I stumbled upon a migration of birds a mile long and a million birds deep. The sky was black and loud for minute upon minute. A few days later, I saw this video and it reminded me of the whole thing.
Want to experience God? Look at the birds.