As the Bird Flies

Mike Pennington, Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), Norwick, via Wikimedia Commons

on September 1, 2019

Willow warblers hold the long-distance migration record for their size. These tiny 0.4-ounce (10 g) birds migrate more than 8,000 miles (13,000 km) from eastern Siberia to Kenya and Tanzania in Africa.

After attaching data recorders to the warblers, researchers speculated that the birds apparently navigate by using the earth’s magnetic field and tracking the sun, accounting for the sun’s shifting position over the long migration route.

Their surprisingly complex navigational abilities showcase the Creator’s ingenious design.

But the willow warbler also holds a lesson for Christians about trusting God’s Word. Those who have a hard time believing Noah’s flood was worldwide are forced to believe it was a local event. But then why couldn’t the animals just leave the area instead of getting on a ship, especially if a bird that weighs less than a few paper clips can travel more than 8,000 miles?

Our Creator is trustworthy and his Word is true—including when he tells us he created everything in six days and flooded the entire earth because of sin.

Article was taken from Answers magazine, March–April, 2019, 20.