Daily Bible Inspirations

Return of the Booming Bittern

by Ami Hendrickson

Search in the book of the LORD, and read: not one of these will be missing. none will lack her mate. For my mouth has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them.

Isaiah 34:16

Boom! … Boom!

The sound of a deep bass drum emanates improbably from a marsh in Britain. It is the “boom” of a bittern – a sound that was once lost in this part of the world.

The shy bittern is a member of the same family as herons and storks. Its white and brown stripes form a natural camouflage when it is among the reeds at the edges of lakes and marshes.

Hunting and destruction of its natural habitat led to the bird being declared extinct in the British Isles in 1886. In 1911, it was reintroduced, but by 1997, with only 11 breeding males, it was considered virtually extinct.

However, bird lovers applied themselves to making Britain bittern-safe again. For the past two decades, those efforts have been rewarded with a steady increase of bitterns. Today, the bittern continues to make its comeback. Thanks to dedicated conservationists, its boom is still heard.

Most of Isaiah 34 caution about what happens when people oppose God. It warns of death, destruction, loss. But embedded in the tale of woe is verse 16, in which your loving Heavenly Father promises deliverance from extinction.

Remember, “He is not wishing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9). Cling to God, secure in the knowledge that He is ready and willing to save you.


Dear Saving Lord,
Thank You for giving me both safety and salvation.
Help me as I search the Scriptures, learning more about You every day.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.