From thousands of miles away, these pigeons will know how to come home, flying constantly until they arrive. Rest comes only then. How do they do it? The mystery remains, yet we know it has something to do with the angle of the sun and its polarized, ultra-violent rays. In a similar way, the sun is the source for how honeybees make their configured dances, each design a special message for the other bees to know where the flowers are with the nectar. Yet homing pigeons seem to have something else⎯a memory system creating an internal map for them to follow when clouds get in the way of familiar landmarks below.
Home: there’s no place like it, as the carol sings. Welcome Home⎯next to I love you, are our favorites to hear. We have been created to rest in God alone. St. Augustine wrote: “You have made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
The outpoured Spirit of Jesus has given you an innate sense of what will bring you home with the Lord⎯even now, while heaven may seem far away. The map and manual are the Scriptures. When read with faith, they will imprint the directions homeward, and give the energy to keep flying without stopping until the Sabbath rest is complete in Jesus.
Be at home with the Lord in the Word for some precious time each day. Then, when you go about your day, others will find in you a landmark that will invite them also, to come home to Jesus.
Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Homing Pigeon” introduces the Third Week in Epiphany:
winter in the north, summer in the south.
To view all of them, see the menu option Alphabytes