Do you know what a murmuration is? According to the Merrian-Webster Dictionary, there are two meanings to the word “murmuration”. The first and more obvious meaning is the act of murmuring; the utterance of low continuous sounds or complaining noises as in one of my favorite English phrases, “the murmur of discontent”.
The second more uncommon and therefore more interesting usage is when describing a flock of starlings flying and forming a living cloud. I, myself, only discovered this a few of months ago and wondered how I went through so many years of life without knowing this. Perhaps murmuration is not new to some of you gentle readers but for those of you who have never seen a murmuration, then a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is even better.
Below is a video shot by Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith, two intrepid women film-makers of Islands and Rivers which explains the wonder of murmuration much better than I ever could.
I have been meditating on the fact that God gives rest, peace and restores our strength when we come to Him in our weariness and surrender ourselves to His comfort.
The Book of Isaiah 40 and verses 28 -31 says;
“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
This has been my experience of God and I hope you will have similar experiences. God’s grace and love is like the hot thermals that gives lift to the eagles’ wings and allow them to soar ……….or the wind beneath the wings of starlings celebrating life with the aerial art of murmuration.
(Many thanks to Soong Mei Ling for suggesting this post).