2017-10-31 - God Love a Duck
While most of us were hunkered down in our homes as we awaited Hurricane or Tropical Storm Irma, a Muscovy Duck in Plant City, Florida didn't let such a silly thing as a major hurricane stop her from sitting on her 13 eggs. After the worst of the storm was over, the humans who lived nearby checked on the bird they nicknamed "Irma," and there she was, with a few broken branches nearby, but still tending to those eggs, having survived the 107 mph wind gusts and torrential rain, and having stayed on focus. You have to love that devoted Duck. God obviously had a purpose for her, because those winds could have swept her and her eggs away.
Wouldn't it be nice if we had such a strong sense of focus for God's will for us? We tend to lose focus so easily, don't we? At least, I know that I do. If we have been called by God to do something - whether in our churches, our communities, our homes or our workplaces - we need to stay totally on focus. We let busyness in another area, tiredness, one negative comment, one discouraging experience or one unusually difficult week pull us off focus. Sometimes we give in to feelings, but we should always deal with facts, not feelings, when it comes to our calling from God - and that is actually good counsel for life in general.
James 5:11 (NIV) As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
The next time I find myself becoming discouraged and pulled off-center, I hope that I will remember Irma the Duck, and realize that if she can stay on task in a hurricane, I can do it in the midst of whatever comes my way.
All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.