Patriarch Pelican…Are We That Wise?

shrimp boat

We went to Corpus Christi for a few days, partly for business and partly for pleasure. The Lord allowed us to catch some of the most beautiful January days! We had a room with a gorgeous view of the bay, for which I was immensely thankful and excited!

While my husband was off on a business appointment, I roamed the bay area and did some fast walking in lieu of the treadmill. What a joy to be in the fresh air and sunshine…experiencing God’s handiwork…camera in hand!

A rusty but picturesque shrimp boat caught my eye as it came slowly trolling in. I was especially interested because of the pelicans and seagulls swarming  around the boat as it headed some distance toward the docks. I know nothing about these kinds of things but assumed these mischief makers planned to rob the (no doubt exhausted) fishermen of part of their catch. Still…it puzzled me that the crew seemed undisturbed by the birds’ behavior. I expected them to try to shoo the creatures away…the men seemed totally undisturbed by what looked to me to be pretty annoying behavior!

Sitting on the back of the boat was a pelican, cooling his jets as calm as could be. His fellow birds were frantically flying and diving in very close proximity to the boat, while doing their best to miss crashing into one another. But this particular pelican had found his spot and was completely relaxed as he rode smoothly toward the docks. He was in “high cotton”.

I laughed in wonder at this creative creature. Was he somehow considered the Patriarch? After all, no one was battling him for his cushy ride.

What I didn’t know was that once the boat docked, the fishermen would go through their catch, discarding what was undesirable by tossing it into the water. I walked down the dock by the boat and there were a dozen floating pelicans in position to devour whatever was thrown their way. It was a win-win. The fishermen didn’t make a mess of the water and the seagulls and pelicans got brunch!

It amazes me how God’s creatures catch on to the patterns of human behavior and adapt in ways that benefit not only the creatures themselves but us!

We are God’s creation…the special love of His life. Like Patriarch Pelican, do we adapt to His journey and experience the benefit of fitting into His plan? Or like Mr. Pelican’s friends, do we frantically scramble to make life happen our own way, find ourselves desperately trying to avoid crashing into those in our sphere and then wondering why we are exhausted and confused at the end of the daily ride.

25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV)

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