The Parable of the Ducks

My husband and I lived and traveled in our RV full time before we settled down in our home in Alabama. We were parked at Ft. Lewis in the most beautiful park in Washington state right on American Lake. Our spot was ten feet from the lake, so I decided to take my camera and investigate some of the wildlife. I saw an amazing sight. Before my eyes, the Lord illustrated through nature a passage from the Bible.

Baby ducks followed Mama duck in an almost straight line about fifteen feet from shore. For some unknown reason, one of the ducklings decided he wanted to explore the bank and swam off toward it. Though Mama duck had numerous “children” behind her, she patiently swam over to her stray baby, leaving the others to fend for themselves. Finally, the rest of the family decided they’d better check on Mama and their wayward brother.

Luke 15: 4-6 is one of my favorite passages. In my book Ryan’s Father, Ryan Reid pleads with the Lord to leave the ninety nine and go after his mother. “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.”

I gasped when it dawned on me. God provided a living word picture in front of me through His little creatures. Even a mother duck cares so much about her brood, she will leave the rest to rescue one of her offspring. How much more does our Savior want to save stragglers and bring them into His Kingdom?

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” Romans 1: 20

I’m sure there are many illustrations of God’s message all around us in the resplendent world He created. Let’s always keep our eyes open!

 

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