Not all flights are cancelled . . . .

I’m really excited! Aran is back! He arrived just after midday today after a very long flight. You may be wondering who Aran is and where has he been? Well Aran is the male osprey from the Glaslyn nest in Wales that I follow. Both he and his mate have been in Africa for the winter, not together but in different places. His mate arrived back on the nest on 21st March and it’s been a tense time waiting for him to return, and what a welcome she gave him. The female, Mrs G, has been backwards and forwards from Wales to Africa for 17 years returning to the same nest each year. Her partner Aran has been with her for 5 years now after her previous partner failed to return. Don’t you feel the wonder of this – no maps, no Sat Nav and they still arrive year after year flying thousands of miles.
I am quite passionate about nature and birds in particular and each morning in isolation I have watched Chris Packham. Yesterday he was feeling down. He had run out of heating fuel and was cold but once he was out in the New Forest, where he lives, listening to bird song and looking for signs of spring, his spirits rose and as he said “Nature and the great outdoors is good for our mental health.”
There are lots of instances at the moment where wildlife is coming in to towns and cities around the world. I watched as a large bull elephant wandered through streets in India; wild boar in a German town, dolphin have been seen off the Cornwall coast, young turtles have hatched on beaches and as there are no humans to disturb them, more than usual made it to the sea. Wildlife is flourishing without humans. Wildlife is experiencing a time of healing and growth and this excites me.
There are lots of passages in the Bible that speak about the earth and wildlife.

Psalm 96:11-12
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let the trees of the forest sing for joy.

Matthew 10
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. So don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.

Try a Google search for yourself and then go out and look at the world around you, the wildlife from creepy crawlies to the birds in the air or on the beaches. It’s not our world to do what we want with; it belongs to God and we are to care for it.

I’m watching the Osprey’s on the webcam while Blue Tits, Great Tits, Sparrows, Starlings, Goldfinches, Robin, Wren and Dunnock flit through the garden. What an awesome God we have!


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