Common Swift

Date: 03/17/2017 
For years scientists have known that the great Frigatebirds can stay on the wing for several weeks. We always thought that was impressive until scientists in Sweden did an experiment with a Common swift.
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Flying sound's really exotic when you are young. As you get older if you do any commercial flight, it can lose its luster. The longest commercial flight in the world goes from Oakland, New Zealand to Dubai, over 17 hours 8,800 miles. That’s a long flight, especially if you are stuck in the middle seat. Spend a lot of time looking at your watch waiting for the plane to land.

Scientists have now found there are some birds that can fly much longer than anything a man has made. As a matter of fact, for years they’ve known that the great Frigatebirds can stay on the wing for several weeks. We always thought that was impressive until recently when scientists in Sweden did an experiment with a Common swift. They had these very lightweight micro-transmitters. They put them on 13 Swift birds, and let them go. They discovered that three of those Swifts did not land even one time in ten months, ten months of non-stop flying.

Someone might naturally be wondering how do the swifts manage to sleep? Especially if they are flying non-stop for ten months. Everybody needs the rest. Well, we are not exactly sure, but through studying these Swifts with the electronic transmitters, it seems just before sundown they fly up to an elevation of about two miles, and then they begin to glide slowly down taking catnaps. Birds taking a catnap. Evidently, that’s what they do.

You might be wondering how do they eat without landing? You see, the Swift has an almost perfect aerodynamic design. In fact, some aircraft designers have looked at the shape of the Swift and used their design to pattern jet fighters because the swift is able to turn and maneuver so precisely in the air. Generally, right after sunrise and just before sundown the birds go on a feast and they are able to grab the bugs right out of the air having a great birdie bug buffet.

Perhaps before you wished you could have that unending energy like these birds, be able to fly non-stop without getting bored or tired. The Bible says that those who put their trust in God will never feel that need. Isaiah, Chapter 40, Verse 31: "They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with the wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint".

Friends, if you need an energy boost, surrender to Jesus, he’ll help you mount up with wings like a bird.


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