What is the dodo?
The dodo is an extinct flightless bird that only existed on the island of Mauritius. Fossil remains suggest the dodo was about 1 metre tall and may have weighed 10-17 kg in the wild. The dodo's appearance is only known by drawings, paintings, and written accounts from the 17th century. Because these vary considerably, and because only some illustrations are known to have been drawn from live specimens, its exact appearance remains unresolved, and little is known about its behaviour. Though the dodo has historically been considered fat and clumsy, it is now thought to have been well-adapted for its ecosystem. It has been depicted with brownish-grey plumage, yellow feet, a tuft of tail feathers, a grey, naked head, and a black, yellow, and green beak. It used gizzard stones to help digest its food, which is thought to have included fruits, and its main habitat is believed to have been the woods in the drier coastal areas of Mauritius. One account suggests its clutch consisted of a single egg. It is presumed that the dodo became flightless because of the ready availability of abundant food sources and a relative absence of predators on Mauritius.
The human population on Mauritius never exceeded 50 people in the 17th century, but they introduced other animals, including dogs, pigs, cats and rats which plundered dodo nests, eating the eggs, and competed for the limited food resources. At the same time, humans destroyed the forest habitat of the dodos. The impact of the animals introduced to Mauritius on the dodo population, especially the pigs and rats, is today considered more severe than that of hunting. The strange thing about the extinction of the dodo is that it’s likely to have taken only 70 years from the time humans began to populate Mauritius - a much shorter timespan than extinctions of other animals and birds. Many think the reason for this shortness of time before its extinction is simply down to the fact that the dodo's eggs were attacked and eaten before they had a chance to be born.
Why an article about the dodo?
Many of us are seeking God’s face for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that would bring a great awakening to this nation (and the nations). It’s as if we’re really asking for something to be birthed in our day and age that would result in a revival the like of which we haven’t seen in our lifetime. However, God is God and he has an enemy who would love to bring this potential revival to nought - just like the dodo had enemies that resulted in its extinction, we too, because we are God’s Kingdom representatives on the earth, have an enemy who would love to see the extinction of this move of God that many of us are anticipating.
Isaiah pondered these things as he prophesied over Israel:
“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children. ‘Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?’ says the Lord. ‘Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?’ says your God. ‘Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her.’” Isaiah 66:8-10
The urgent need for a genuine revival is the deep concern of real Christians throughout the world. From so many places come reports of barrenness and frustration, instead of fertility and spiritual achievement. The all-important question is: Can we expect revival in our lifetime? Does the Bible give us definite grounds for such a hope? We believe it does.
"Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.” Zechariah 10:1
"In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
It is significant that this great outpouring of the Holy Spirit (which started at Pentecost) was to continue until "that great and notable [or terrible] day of the Lord come" (verse 20). Apart from the Holy Spirit there can be no revival. But the Holy Spirit always pours his revival power through people who have been prepared. It was so in the greatest revival the country of Wales ever experienced. It started in 1904 in a young people’s service. Soon it spread like a fire. In about nine months one hundred thousand people had been "born again" by the Holy Spirit and the life of Wales was transformed. People came from various parts of the world to see the mighty works of God in the Welsh nation. The main person used by God in the revival was a young man named Evan Roberts. For thirteen years he had prayed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He encountered many inward struggles before the blessing came. Then one morning in September 1904, he laid his life upon God’s altar and cried in agony of soul: "Bend me, O Lord, bend me!"
Then the fire came from heaven on the young man and he was wonderfully baptised with the Holy Spirit. Through him, a prepared channel, God shook the whole of Wales and many other nations.
God still waits for those who are willing to be "bent" and broken, so that they might be filled to overflowing with the spirit of true revival.