Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Ostrich

The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully…She cares not that her labor was in vain for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of common sense.  Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider.  Job 39: 13,16-18 NIV

What a great description of an ostrich. A goofy, not very bright bird who nonetheless has her strengths.  She’s happy and she’s physically strong and she has a carefree spirit. God certainly makes his creatures in an infinite variety of physiques and temperaments.  And he makes all sorts of people.  I need to look at the whole picture when it comes to assessing people. What I may consider significant deficits in character may really be insignificant when put up against their positive qualities.
  What a dreary world it would be if we were all similar. The risk takers are like sprinkles of hot spice in our world; the cautious people are like stabilizing anchors; sensitive, emotional people bind us closer together; gregarious people draw us into a cheerier place and so on. 
I am going to remember the ostrich flapping her wings joyfully and racing down the desert. Yes, she is foolish but she has a joie de vivre that in itself is praise to God.

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