Up and down, monotonous flight,
Oft repeated, lonesome sight.
Just one sole presence in the skies.
Alone he soars, alone he flies.
With glossy coat, deep black and dark,
He’d left the shelter of the ark,
And flew, unceasing, to and fro,
Inspecting the receding flow.
So Noah, and his family,
In God-placed full dependency
Watched the black streak up in the sky
In freedom soaring, rising high.
One day these flights of raven dark
Would cease and all would leave the ark.
A new world given, fresh, restored,
Saved by the mercy of the Lord.
Created creatures hear each day
Their maker’s voice, quick to obey
And do whatever work He ask,
Tho’ sometimes rare and strange the task.
Back and forth, guided and led,
The black birds carried meat and bread.
The prophet waiting by the brook
Knew God would never overlook
His daily need of food and care,
His eye is on us everywhere.
Elijah too, contentedly,
Lived in God-placed dependency.
One day these flights of raven strong
Would cease, Elijah would move on,
In full obedience to God’s Word
Just like his waiter raven bird.
Big sooty bird, you may not be
Favoured by the majority.
Some link you closely with disease
Or death and dark mythologies.
Others dislike you even more:
“Aggressive, noisy, omnivore!”
But here upon the Scriptures pages
Your deeds recorded through the ages
Justify your reputation,
Special bird of God’s creation:
Noah chose to send you out
To reconnoitre, faithful scout;
Elijah’s debt was hard to pay
To you who fed him day by day.
The Master points us to your ways-
“Consider the Raven” Jesus says:
Let not your life in turmoil be
Encased with deep anxiety.
Just lift your eyes and scan the skies
And watch the raven as he flies.
In graceful freedom, circling high,
His needs all met by God’s supply.
Don’t be afraid and let the strife
And daily strain of living life
Darken and blacken each new day
Instead, recall the raven’s way.
He doesn’t worry, this is true,
How much more valuable are you.
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