Have you ever watched the show on the Discovery channel called “Dirty Jobs?” My youngest son borrowed a DVD of a few episodes and we sat down to watch the host tackle some of the messiest, dirtiest jobs on the planet.
In one episode, he helped out at an ostrich farm with feeding, watering, egg collecting, catching, and transporting some of the largest birds in the world.
Also, quite possibly, some of the strangest birds.
“The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork. She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand, unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them. She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain, for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense. Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider.” (Job 39:13-18 NIV)
“Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.” (Lamentations 4:3 NIV)
Flap joyfully, yet unmindful of their eggs. Harsh and heartless, yet swift.
It’s an oddity that a bird with wings was built to run at 31 miles per hour with bursts up to 43 miles to hour. They swallow rocks in order to help digest food since they don’t have teeth. When threatened, they run, attack with powerful kicks, or hide by lying flat on the ground. The dominant female lays her eggs first in the communal nest (a pit scraped into the ground and later covered with warm sand to incubate) then she discards the extra eggs from the weaker females.
Why would God make the ostrich like this? Perhaps to survive in an environment full of predators. I suppose that a mother sitting on a nest is vulnerable to attack, so letting the hot sand help the process is actually a good substitute. And that being tall and fast is a great defense, even if the weakest are left behind.
“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, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)
Creation declares that God has reasons why He created in a certain way.
What about you? Have you ever felt like an oddity? Have you discovered some of the reasons why you were made this way? Do you believe that God has a plan for your life?