The swallow has arrived from South Africa.
Yesterday I noticed a pair of swallows swirling overhead. They are harbingers of spring in the Northern countries of the world. They have arrived to rear their young.
Swallows spend most of their days flying through the air catching insects. Wherever there are insects you will find swallows. They are to be found all over the world except near the Artic and Antarctica.
They build their nests near where humans live. Their nests are found in barns of farmers. They return each year to the same nesting place. I remember when I lived at home on my father’s farm each year swallows would arrive. They flitted in and out of their nests bringing food for their young.
I have been encouraged from the scriptures when I have prayed in the past about a house for my family.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. (Psalm 84:3 NIV)
It is amazing that this small bird travels from Africa, thousands of miles, to nest and rear offspring. I watched a nature programme about the swallows. They arrive at certain places on their journey north where swarms of insects have just hatched. A feast is prepared for the migrating birds. It was wonderful to watch. God even cares for the birds of the air.
Scriptures encourage us to not worry.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? (Matthew 6:25-27 NIV)
So this small bird flying overhead has reminded me of Gods care and provision of a home for me.