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Brave Like a Mockingbird

Yellow billed Cuckoo in Georgia, photo credit: William Wise Photography

[Originally published as No Fear]

As creationists, the pressure from the “scientific community” might make us feel ashamed of our beliefs. But instead of running and hiding, let us hear what Creation Speaks:

In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? Psalms 11:1

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Have you been frustrated in your attempts to photograph a reclusive bird? Have you chased a “nemesis bird” only to come up empty handed every time? Birders and photographers know all too well the wariness of some species. This caution is something that has been programed in them by their Creator.

After the Fall, no doubt the cruelty of man toward beast began to rise. And after the Flood, God allowed animals to be food for man. But in His grace toward his animal creation, God put a flight instinct within animals to keep them from being exterminated. Genesis 9:2 says,

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the air.

So fear of man is a God-given instinct within animals, but let it not be so with the Christian, especially when it comes to making a stand for the Word of God. I am sometimes criticized and mocked on other nature-related platforms for my belief in a young earth and literal, six-day creation. The instinct to “flee as a bird” might rise up within me when challenged by the “scientific community,” but I take an example—and courage—from a few bold birds that don’t flee because of the fear of man.Northern Mockingbird, photo credit: William Wise Photography

It seems when all other critters keep themselves hidden, the Mockingbirds are ever visible. Although the “dread of man” may affect their feathered friends, they are always bold and out front, letting their voices be heard.

So when the fear of man comes upon me; when I want to hide my creationist views, or flee from an evolutionist’s mockery, I remember those intrepid avians and make my stand.

Why should I flee like a bird to the mountains? My trust is in the Lord!

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O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 1 Timothy 6:20

Written by William Wise

Hi, I’m wildlife photographer and nature writer William Wise. I was saved under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology at the University of Georgia. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. I’m currently an animal shelter director and live in Athens, Georgia with my wife and two teenage daughters, who are all also actively involved in ministry. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. William Wise Nature Notes is my wildlife and birding photo blog documenting the beauty, design and wonder of God’s creation. I am also a guest author at Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club . -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations." Psalms 104, The Message.

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