If you were a statue, you would think of a pigeon about like the kennel boy does a dog. Not me—I raised pigeons when I was just a kid, and the unique ability of these birds to find their way home has always amazed me.
Evidently Cornell and the University of Pittsburgh share my appreciation for this innate ability of pigeons. The research from both universities has concluded that pigeons use multiple facilities to help them determine the correct sense of direction. While the sun is their primary orientation, they also use the earth’s magnetic field as a guide to get them safely home.
After an all-to-common and failed attempt to get directions from Siri (iPhone), I’ve decided I might have better luck finding my way home if I could somehow tether my truck to a pigeon. Even though I speak clearly, Siri only understands about 10% of what I say when I ask for directions.
As I thought about the proficiency of the pigeons and the sad service of Siri, I was reminded of the words of Jesus: My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.
Whenever we are lost or feel alone, we can listen for the Shepherd’s voice and have the comfort of knowing we are never lost when we are with Him.