On a Hike

On the previous page, you read about the migratory butterfly called the admiral. There are also many migratory species among birds – the migratory birds that spend the different seasons in different places. God has given these birds the knowledge of when and where to fly for breeding and wintering so that they can survive and raise offspring. For some migratory birds, the breeding grounds and wintering grounds are several thousand kilometers apart.

One of the many migratory birds that come to Germany for the breeding season in the warmer months is the crane. The large, gray birds make themselves heard in the sky with a loud trumpet call. They never fly alone but always in larger groups and in a certain order, which is called the wedge formation. This reduces the wind resistance and makes flying easier.

After arriving at the breeding grounds, they build their nests, lay eggs in them, and incubate them. The young hatch between the end of April and the beginning of May. They grow very quickly and learn everything they need to know from their parents before the fall. Finally, the adult birds train the young to fly for long periods of time, and in October or November, the crane migration can be seen flying on again. Scientists speak of three main routes the cranes fly, each being a distance of 2000 to 6000 km, interspersed by many obstacles (e.g., Himalayan mountains in Asia – an altitude of over 4500 m).

God lovingly cares for all His creatures, but most of all for human beings, because they have an eternal soul that longs for God, for lasting happiness, and for deep peace. Many people try to fill this longing with things that do not last, and experience bitter disappointment. After all, the earth with all its beauty is not a permanent place for our souls, just a stop on the way to eternity. Jesus gave His life so that every person can arrive at their eternal destination, heaven. He says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). 

You too can become a beloved child of God today through Jesus Christ and one day be at home with Him forever in His heavenly home.

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