When I was a kid I raised pigeons, and I was always amazed at their ability to find their way home. I would ask a friend or an uncle to take my pigeons and release them when they were a distance from El Dorado. For the rest of the day, I would keep my eye on the coop to see when they returned.
The innate ability of a pigeon to find its way home has been researched at both Cornell and the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers concluded that pigeons may use multiple facilities to help them determine the correct direction of home. The sun is used as the primary orientation, but pigeons may be able to perceive the earth’s magnetic field and use it to guide them home.
I thought about my pigeons on a recent trip to Tennessee. I had carefully plotted my route on Google Maps, and used the Sync-GPS in my vehicle. I would have had better results if I could have released a pigeon and followed it.
The voice recognition feature of the Sync-GPS interpreted Jackson, Tennessee as Derby, Kansas and tried to send me back to Kansas. As I reflected on this I thought of the words of Jesus: My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.
Regardless of where we are in this world, Jesus knows our location. If you find yourself lost in a spiritual wilderness, you can find comfort in His promise: I will never leave you or forsake you.