Golden-cheeked Warbler (endangered): Arise and shine… God’s glory is shining on you


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Golden-cheeked Warbler
“All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever greater degree of glory.”
(2 Cor 3:18)

Ever since I read about the endangered Golden Cheeked Warbler, it has been the desire of my heart to actually spot one. While it winters in Mexico to South America, it nests solely in the juniper-oak trees of Central Texas. And even in Texas, it is still a rare sighting. So before my family headed to Garner State Park in Texas, I prayed: “Lord, grant us what we need to experience the power of your presence, our creator, through your created.” (God knows the desires of my heart better than I do…)Not long after we arrived, I was on a morning hike at the park when I heard the most beautiful, distinctive song coming from a nearby tree. As I glanced to the source of the sweet chirping sound, I was dazzled by the glow of the aptly named Golden-cheeked Warbler! Nothing I had read could have prepared me for this rare and special moment. For me, it was like the glory of God shining in the face of this little bird! I saturated myself in the moment and then excitedly rushed back to camp, aglow with my own brightness, eager to share my morning experience with my family. My experience brought to mind the story of Moses, who upon returning from the tent of the Lord’s presence, had to wear a veil to cover his “shining face” when he returned to the Israelite people. (Ex 34:29-30 paraphrased) By this, I mean please don’t expect people who miss out on seeing the Golden Cheeked Warbler to share your giddy excitement. 

If God can make his glory to shine through this Warbler’s cheeks, how much more can he make his glory to shine in/through us?!! “We are not like Moses who had to wear a veil. In union with Christ, we reflect the glory of God with uncovered faces.” (2Cor 3:13-14 paraphrased)Just as the bright yellow cheeks distinguish this Golden Cheeked Warbler from any other bird, “God’s presence is what distinguishes us from any other people on earth.” (Ex 33:16 paraphrased) As we soak in God’s presence through prayer, worship, service, church, or his word, we can’t help but overflow with his love, grace, and goodness splashing others with glimpses of God’s glory!

Shortly after returning from our trip, I had the opportunity to share my special “God moment” with our teenage girls at bible study. The following week, one of our young ladies came to me with cheeks that shined far brighter than the Golden Cheeked Warbler as she presented me with a gift I’ll treasure for a lifetime. Upon seeing her rendition of my special “God moment” expressed in vivid watercolor, I asked Abigail how long she’d been painting. I couldn’t’ t hold back tears of unspeakable joy as she told me this is her first ever painting depicting, of all things, the Golden-Cheeked Warbler at Garner State Park. I pray it blesses you as it has blessed me!

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“To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: To God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever! Amen.”
(Eph 3:20-21)

For more information, please visit these great resources:

 www.biblegateway.com

http://www.allaboutbirds.org

 

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10 thoughts on “Golden-cheeked Warbler (endangered): Arise and shine… God’s glory is shining on you

  1. Not sure which is more amazing – your fabulous story & insight or the fact that was this young girls first painting! Beautiful! A gift you’ll treasure forever. Just beautiful.

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    • I just love you Julie!! Thank you for taking YOUR time to visit AND sprinkle your lovely words of encouragement!I couldn’t believe this was her first painting! (after some urging,she is now taking art classes… God has given this child an amazing gift! I can’t wait to see how he uses her to bless people through her artwork!) Personally, I find the most amazing thing to be that she (being a teenager) must have actually listened to my birding adventure/God moment to capture it so beautifully!:) I don’t know if it shows, but her play on light just takes my breath away. No doubt, this was God working through her… quite amazing! It hangs right next to my prayer chair so I have a daily reminder of the power of God’s presence and extraordinary goodness-even in the most ordinary of moments. Blessings to you my friend!

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  2. God packed in so much when He answered your prayer to see the rare bird. You’ve got me thinking and smiling about all God does with the little incidences throughout our days. Love you Sunnyheart!

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