I had the best weekend! 🙂
I experienced God’s creation at its finest. The miracle of birth. In a slightly different setting than one would expect. No pond. Instead nature took its course with a private backyard pool as the backdrop.
I had the opportunity to witness five newly hatched ducklings take their maiden voyage onto a pool before my very eyes.
Soon after hatching, mama duck was ushering her offspring into the pool for their first swimming lesson. In she jumped. Followed without hesitation by her alpha duckling. Ducklings 2, 3, 4, and 5 soon joined in the family aquatic festivities. Sticking close to mama duck’s side.
Getting out wasn’t quite as easy as getting in. Gravity afforded jumping into the pool. It did not offer any assistance with jumping up out of the pool. Nor did mama duck.
There was a concrete edge at least six inches above the water that was necessary to hurdle. Six inches to a baby duck was like ascending the Great Wall of China. Ducklings 4 and 5 struggled with it. They were not able to get out. So mama duck jumped back in. Alpha, 2, and 3 following. She did not leave any of her young behind in their imprinting skill. It became a comedy of errors watching mama repeat getting in and out. With three following. Two left in the water. But never left behind. She would not stay out of the pool if even one of her offspring was left behind. Back in she went to protect them.
We began to worry as we watched. What if they all could not get out? Would she leave them? They had been in the pool for hours! Would they tire? What would they eat?
The wisdom of the pool owner saved the day! Filling the pool’s water level to just beneath the edge would afford the ducklings that extra leverage necessary to get out. The jump was now achievable. What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?!
They eventually did all get out. Naturally when we were not looking. And back in. And back out.
No one was left behind.
Thanks to Google and a trip to Fresh Market, defrosted frozen corn and peas became the meal of choice waiting for the hungry swimmers upon their exodus. And they loved it!
Mama duck and all five of her ducklings.
Once again, when it was time to eat, no one was left behind.
That’s how it is with God. He does not want to leave anyone behind. Not one of His creation is desired to perish. So just like mama duck, He takes His time. He patiently waits as each one of His children returns to His flock from where they came.
And just like we offered our assistance to the duck family in as noninvasive manner as we could by adding more water to the pool and providing nourishment on the deck, God, too steps in with a helping hand when necessary.
Sometimes with His own miracles. Sometimes through the words or deeds of another of His creation.
Let’s all be in tune with our environment. Let’s make sure no one is ever left behind. Whether it be in a pool for a family of ducks. Or in a game of outside fun on a playground. Or on an invitation to a birthday party or friend’s wedding. We are all God’s hands and feet. It is our job to help show His love to the world.
Now let’s get “quacking”!
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
Love and laughter,