What I Learned about Jesus from a Crazy Ostrich

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 their 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 feed 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 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 about following Jesus.

Good plans well executed do not always turn out like you planned.  Life is unpredictable.  You may think you have your whole life laid out before you, but it only takes a year or two of real life to figure out you were wrong.  Economic downturns, illness, and evil are all things that may change things in a way that alters your plans.  Which reminds us we are not in control.  And ostriches end up chasing food inside your car instead of outside.  Maybe it makes sense to follow someone greater than us.

People are who they are.  They do not always act like we want them to, or like we expect them to act.  People do bad things – sometimes to others.  Sometimes even to you.  And sometimes you do bad things and make poor choices.  An ostrich is an ostrich and behaves like one.  People are people, and they act like it.  Only Jesus offers a chance to really change things in your life. 

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 there are bad things everywhere.  Bad enough things happening to you that it seems as if there is no hope, joy, or peace to be found anywhere.  Not true.  Joy, peace, and hope can be found in Jesus.  

I was reminded by a crazy ostrich that I am never really in charge, that people are messy, and that this world is not what it seems.  I need to remember that.  Maybe you do too.

 

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