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Friday, June 07, 2013

The Duck Story: A Story of Wisdom and Grace

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I am so thankful to the Lord for His intimate caring and involvement in my life. I am thankful daily for His grace and wisdom to help me in the myriad of things I need help with. Some people don't like to admit they need help. I am not one of them. I see the Lord's influence in my thought-life, in my decision making, and look for His wisdom in all things - big and small. He promises to give us wisdom and I rely on that promise like a fish relies on water. James 1:5 (NIV) "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."

The other day, I came home from work to eat lunch. As I was getting out of my car, I saw a duck by our curb that was acting frantic. It kept walking in circles and quacking. Then it would fly in a small circle and land and walk again in a circle making a frantic quacking sound the entire time. I watched for a couple of minutes but couldn't figure out what the duck was doing. As I started to walk into the house, I said, "Lord, what is the problem with that duck?" Suddenly, the answer came to me. "It's babies fell through the street grate into the sewer."  I stopped in my tracks, went and got a spotlight from my garage, and went over to the sewer grate a couple of feet from where the duck was standing. I shined it down, and saw and heard six little baby ducklings.

They didn't know what to do nor did mother duck. Nor did I. I thought, "Lord you showed me that they were here.You didn't show me that so that I could do nothing. What should I do?"  Suddenly I saw another picture in my mind. This sewer went to the creek in my back yard. The end of the sewer that goes into the creek has a grate over it. I ran to the creek where the sewer extended into it. I got down by the grate and began making duck calls. I probably sounded like a fool but what the heck, I was on a rescue mission. I thought the ducklings could hear me because it seemed like I could hear them moving toward me as I quacked. (No jokes about being a quack please!)

I went back to the mother duck and tried to coax her to the back yard. It wasn't working. I went back to the creek sewer entrance and quacked some more. The babies were coming toward me. The mother came back to see what I was doing. I lifted the grate figuring she might hear her babies and go get them. She did. She got them out and they were all fine.

Then I got some bird seed that I had in a garage and put in on a plate for them to eat. They came and dove in it. (I hope it was alright for the babies to eat. The mother let them.)

Later the Lord used all this to speak to me. He said, "Today you experienced what I do daily. People get in a crisis. They cry out to me. I try to lead them to their solution but they are so  absent of faith and blinded by their crisis that they can't see past it (like when you were trying to lead her to the creek.") The Lord said, "Just as you had the ducks best interests at heart the entire time, so do I. But, because people are paralyzed by fear instead of being at peace while leaning on me in faith, they too often miss their help."

Jesus reminds us of His care for us always saying,  “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." (Luke 12:6-7 NLT)

I thank God that He does care for us intimately and on every level of our life - from the most important things down to helping a distressed duck. His wisdom and grace to help are available to us for every situation. Praise His Holy Name!

Luke 2:40 (NIV) says concerning Jesus, "And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him." That wisdom and grace has been extended to us also!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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