When was the last time you heard the cooing of a mourning dove? Yes, that little unassuming and demure grey bird, usually found with its mate. Oh, did I just say two of them? Yes, reminds me of the doves of Noah.
It is certainly worth mentioning that the Baptist said: ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode on him.’ And speaking of Christ, Matthew adds: ‘He (John) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.’ John also heard a voice from heaven: ‘this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.’ Pleasing indeed, for it is this same One that in whom we have redemption.’
But why the dove? A few reasons can be discerned. It is a testament to the promises of God, as in reliable and credible. The bird was a reminder of judgment passed, but also of promise. Once more, the favor of God would be shown to man through the last Adam, the Lord Himself. And judgment? Oh yea, a place called Golgotha’s hill.
Promise? To keep his own, and to not leave his people without a Comforter. That witness of God Himself who promised the Spirit, and it pleases Him to see its fruit. Like the dove, we think of gentleness, joy, self-control, patience, kindness, and it is so easy to give glory to God for such care of thought.
Can you think of another bird that will sit with its ‘friend’ in a tree or on a wire for 5 hours? Gee, you would think that after thousands of years of experience and ho-hum existence, the dove would tire of this, and find a better way. (sarcasm against evolution)
They patiently sit from a distance, waiting till the other birds are finished at the feeder, then fly to the ground, happy with leftovers. They are soft-spoken and have a very, very nice spirit about them. I like em.
The whistling of the wings when they take off, the gentle cooOO woo woo, there is a whole lotta good stuff going on with the doves, the Spirit, the faithfulness and the promises of God, and His word that His own are of more value than many sparrows..