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GOD’S WORD FOR MAY 26 ~ ~ Isaiah 43:20~ ~ “The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.”

We’ve all seen owls, usually perched on the top of a barn, or high tree, and there are variations of owls in size and coloring. But there is one type of owl that lives differently than most.

The burrowing owl is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open areas of North and South America. Instead of trees, they nest and roost in burrows, such as those dug and abandoned by prairie dogs and ground squirrels, and, as their Creator would do, He made them fit that lifestyle by giving them a higher tolerance for carbon dioxide than other birds.

If burrows are unavailable and the soil is not hard or rocky, the owls may dig their own. Burrowing owls will also nest in shallow, underground, man-made structures that have easy access to the surface.

Because they live close to the ground, their enemies are badgers, coyotes, dogs, cats, and snakes, and their Creator also gave them a “trick” when they are trapped by their enemies in their burrows. He gave them the ability to produces rattling and hissing sounds similar to those of a rattlesnake. This is believable to the predator, since rattlers also live in burroughs.

Another familiar thing is what they put into their burroughs. During the nesting season, the female will collect a wide variety of materials to line her nest, some of which are left around the entrance to the burrow. The most common material is cow manure as well as other animal waste. The waste helps to control the atmosphere inside the burrow much like the packrat we talked about a month ago, but for the owl, it has the added value of attracting insects, to eat.

They eat insects and rodents, like other owls, but, although they often live close to ground squirrels, they rarely attack them, and unlike other owls, they also eat fruits and seeds.

Thank You, Lord, for Your variations in Your wonderful Creation. You made every one “after its kind”.

Each one is unique, as each individual in creation and each of Your people, is unique. You give each of us exactly what we need for each day, each moment of our lives, as we rely totally upon You to know what we need, as the animals do. Thank You for Your great faithfulness, and we thank You for Your continued performance of Your hesed or Lovingkindness toward us now and forever, through and because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.”

In Psalm 36:7 we say, “How excellent is Your lovingkindness, (hesed) O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.”

The Hebrew word translated “lovingkindness” is “hesed” a powerful word, the meaning of which lies deep in the eternal history of God Himself, incorporating all His attributes, and His relationship with His chosen people and us, His Bride, the Church. It is a word that takes in His Covenant, (one-sided agreement or promise) to always take care of those who TRULY AND COMPLETELY trust in Him, repenting of our sins. His care for us is so great that we cannot comprehend it. That’s why there is a completely separate Hebrew word to describe it. That word is only used of a commitment by God, never by a person, because it is so beyond anything we could perform or accomplish. All the promises in the Bible are because of the “lovingkindness” of Almighty God. Think about that!!!! Are You protected by the Hesed of Almighty God?

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