“Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.”
(Psalms 107:22 NASB)
“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.” (Isaiah 43:20 KJV)
We were recently out to Circle B Bar Reserve and spotted this Barred Owl. There have been numerous articles here about this Owl, but this is the first time I have seen one in the Wild. I have heard them, but not seen them.
As we were getting our cameras out of the car [and my walker] we spotted a group of birders concentrating on one area. They pointed out a palm tree with a dark figure in it.
The rest of the photos have been lightened up to see it better. When we first spotted it, it was still, as if asleep. After walking to the marsh and back, I searched for the Owl again. Sure enough, he was still there. This time looking around. [top two photos] It is always enjoyable to spot an owl in the daytime. They are mostly nighttime birds.
“The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls” Why do they honor the Lord their Creator? One reason is because He “give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.” The water that is provided for people also provides water for the critters and birds to drink.
May this Barred Owl be a reminder of the love and provisions that the Lord provides for us. He cares about us and wants us to ask for and thank Him for all the good provisions (food, water, house, bed, clothes, parents, etc.) He gives.
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:” (Job 12:7 KJV)
The Bittern is found in the KJV in three verses of Scripture. Some versions translate it differently. But for the sake of this article, here are those verses:
I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts. (Isaiah 14:23 KJV)
But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. (Isaiah 34:11 KJV)
And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work. (Zephaniah 2:14 KJV)