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Learning from Nature: Danger in the Sky

Sep 25, 2020

I raise chickens at my house. Baby chicks hatch into a world of danger. As they grow, they must spend time outside and that is where they are vulnerable to predators. From the sky; hawks, ravens, and ospreys are always nearby - anxious to scoop up a baby chick.
Even on the ground there are squirrels and monkeys ready to snatch them up. Many chicks do not make it past the first month.
I have watched chickens adapt and become aware of these dangers. A mother hen will continuously look around and watch the sky as the baby chicks scratch around looking for food. Even the chicks know they are being watched and they know they must stay near their mother in order to survive.
I wonder if we can learn something from the chickens. Not in the sense that we need to live in fear, but perhaps we often live without caution or awareness of where our lives are headed. Peter, writing to the church says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, (remain) steadfast in the faith...” (1 Peter 5: 8).
Chicks who act as if there is no danger soon become casualties. They learn that the best way to be safe is to stay close to their mother. The mother hen sees approaching danger and hides the chicks under her wings. As the psalmist says, “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.” (Psalms 91:4). And, "I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” (Psalms 61:4.).
Imagine life without God. . . A life lived without Jesus; how vulnerable we would be.
We need not live in fear like little chicks, but we can learn something about living in awareness, and seeking to “keep in step with the Spirit.
”May we learn from nature around us and live life wisely.
by Symon Katete