This morning we had somewhat of a random encounter with nature. While I am sure there are some of you who regularly have wild life roaming through your yards; we here in southern California suburbia rarely see anything besides crows, pigeons and the occasional stray dog or cat. :) Believe me the sight of a squirrel, chipmunk, possum or even lizard feels like a wild safari for us.
So needless to say, when we walked out of our door this morning and saw a "mommy duck" nestled in our yard we were quite excited!
This is some what of an ironic sighting as just yesterday the girls and I were reading one of our FAVORITE books Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. To add another ironic element to our story,today at MOPS the topic was all about nature and how God has given us the beauty of His creation to not only enjoy but also to learn from, particularly animals. Our speaker pointed out GREAT references in scripture where animals are used as illustrations of faith, wisdom, awareness and courage.
Well...... we left for our MOPS morning and didn't arrive home until later this afternoon. But when we pulled up in our driveway there was "Mrs. Mallard" waiting for us, as though she had been watching the house for us in our absence. I am not sure why she has chosen our house as a place of refuge and not being a bird person myself I am hoping that she is well and not here because of an injury. My mind has been busy with thoughts of reasons for her being here. Perhaps she has lost her mate or is taking a break from her mate. She may be waiting for her flock to catch up as she is just ahead of the rest. Is it true that when ducks molt they cannot fly? Well if that is true, there is another possible reason. My final reason (which I think is the best) is......there could be the possibility of a nest and maybe eggs. We aren't sure.....
So I am wondering if we will soon be saying "Make way for the DUCKLINGS"...... wouldn't that be exciting? We shall see!
So as inspired by our speaker this morning I am looking for ways in which nature can send us to scripture. I didn't find any "duck" references in the Bible but there were plenty of "bird" references. (all in the same family right?)
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?