Last year Nolemana and I made several trips to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. We originally went to Ridgefield to do an appraisal, and then, to our delight, discovered the refuge. The scenery and wildlife took my breath away. We had such a good time that we became members, and each trip up got better and better. It takes about thirty minutes to drive the entire loop if you never stop along the way, but it always takes us at least an hour because there’s so much to look at.
On this particular day, a Great Blue Heron rose majestically up in front of the car, his wings seeming to beat out a drumbeat to the glory of God. As I watched his huge expanse of wings, I thought how much it looked as if he were raising them in praise to God and I wondered if in some way he knew that too.
We humans are so limited in our thinking! We reason that no animal or bird could possibly know how to praise God because we see ourselves as so much more superior to the “beasts of the fields”. But what if, just what if, their praises exist on a completely different plane than those of us mere mortals? What if, as a heron soars above the earth, he is singing his own song of praise to the God who made him? What if, when we raise our hands in praise to God, He thinks to Himself, “Look at my children! They look just like that Blue Heron that Mokihana saw at Ridgefield as it took off and praised me with uplifted wings!”