Tuesday, July 25, 2017
What a crazy ostrich reminded me about Jesus and life...
It was a fun ride through a wildlife park with our grandkids. The grandkids were especially enjoying getting to feed the animals. They would come right up to the car and even eat cubes out of tour hands. Everything was wonderful, until the ostrich showed up. There were several of them and knowing a little of how aggressive they could be… we were careful to drop the food pellets out the window instead of holding the food in our palms.
But there was one ostrich that was very aggressive and stuck his head right inside the driver’s window. And that is where I was. My grandson, Jake, was in the passenger seat and being a quick thinker, he decided to throw pellets at the ostrich. He assumed it would be so interested in catching the pellets that it would move its head back to catch them. So he threw a pellet. Good arm, good accuracy, and no cooperation from the ostrich. The food bounced right of its beak and back into the car. On me. Which led the ostrich to try and retrieve it.
Let’s just say it is funnier now than it was then.
But I did learn a few things that reminded me of Jesus and life.
1. Good plans well executed do not always turn out like you planned. Things happen. Natural disasters, economic downturns, sickness, sin. All of these things change the best laid plans. Which reminds me I am not in control. And ostriches end up chasing food inside your car instead of outside. Thankful to be reminded God is in control.
2. People are who they are. They do not always act like we want them to, or like we expect them to act. They are being formed, shaped, and changed to be more like Jesus. And that is messy. Sometimes they revert to old patterns. Or temptation ambushes them. An ostrich is an ostrich and behaves like one. People are people, and they act like it. Only Jesus can change them. Just like he changed us.
3. This world is not our reality. The whole idea of a wildlife park is not real. That park has fences, animals are separated, and the whole thing is fenced in. We rode through the park with dozens of other cars, feeding “wild” animals out our window. It was not real. This world is not our reality either. It seems as if evil is winning and Satan is in control. Not true. Jesus has overcome all the powers of darkness. He has even defeated death. He is on the throne and someday will come back to take us to our real home. I need to remember that.
So I was reminded by a crazy ostrich that I am never really in charge, that people are messy, and that this world is not my reality.
I need that lesson.