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BLUE HERONS…come in dark and white form. They are large wading birds, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as some other spots. They are the largest North American herons. I find their measurements interesting. Head-to-tail length is 36-54″; a wingspan of 66-79″; a height of 45-54″; and a weight of 4.0-7.9 lbs. Their stride is 8.7″, on the skinniest legs imaginable.
But their stature is well-designed for their flight and for sure their feeding. As they wade along the banks searching for small fish, very little waves are created. I call them stealth! And boy howdy, when they take a beat on that fish, it is something to behold. Their long necks and beaks are ‘fish seeking missiles’! And to see them process their catch down that long neck, it is so amazing.
There are so many fascinating creatures in this world. All are designed for a specific purpose and all with the right equipment. And each has been created from the mind of God. And He makes no mistakes.
After lunch yesterday, my grandson Will and I took a golf cart ride around the course. He loves it, and so do I! We saw squirrels, snakes, turtles, ducks, birds, hawks and one beautiful blue heron. On the 11th hole, there it was. We slowly approached it. It watched us carefully. I took several photos and drove closer, wherein it took flight. I pointed my camera blindly as it was taking off. Much to my astonishment, the photo you see here was the result. Pretty amazing! Look at the beauty of its wings.
As I was viewing the photos and remembering the experience, I was reminded that you and I were made in the image of God. Our heron is a beautiful creation but nothing compared to what God did in creating mankind. Do you believe that? If not, it’s maybe because you don’t see yourself as God sees you. And it’s not how He sees you now so much, but that He sees you redeemed, sanctified and ultimately glorified. He sees the finished you!
So many of you spend your lives carrying a heavy burden from your past and that weight presses in on you so that you can lose sight of who you really are. I have heard it said about a Christian; ‘if I could see you as God does, I would be tempted to fall down and worship you.’ That’s glorification! I have to ask; do you see yourself that way? There is an interesting verse in scripture that adds clarity. It says; “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (I Cor. 13:12 NIV).
As strikingly beautiful as that blue heron was, that’s as good as it is ever going to be for it. But you, the redeemed in Christ, ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet!’ This should diminish any pride in us, and fill us with Christlike humility. Because, from where I’m standing, the sin nature in you has marred the image, but, in Him, you are precious. What would you say a person would look like if he were filled with God? Would that be special? I think so. Is it attainable, even here on earth? Listen to this. In Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, and you, look what the Spirit relays. “To know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19 NKJV). Whoa, do you see this? It is incomprehensible that fallen, then redeemed sinners can actually be filled to the brim with God. What do you think that might look like?
How did we go from a casual ride around a golf course observing God’s creation to this profound truth? Maybe it was because there is a message to us about Him in everything created. They reflect His majesty, if you will but look for it.
Do you wonder if that blue heron knows just how beautiful it is, and that it was the object of a life lesson about its Creator? More importantly, do you know how beautiful you are in the eyes of your Creator/Redeemer? Would it make a difference in how you lived?
“God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ”(Gal. 6:14 NKJV). That’s where it all happened! A tragic scene that turned glorious!
Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson
Scripture is from the NKJV
Some facts were taken from Wikipedia

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