His Way

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance” 2 Thes. 3:5

Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard tells a parable about a wild duck. This duck was flying north one spring across the European continent. On the flight he stopped in a barnyard in Denmark, where some domestic ducks were being raised for food. Enjoying the food and security of the barnyard, he decided to stay for an hour, then a day, then a week, then a month, and finally all summer. Summer eventually turned to Autumn and his wild duck friends, heading south for the winter, flew overhead. This wild duck was stirred by his friends’ cries, so he flapped his wings to fly up and join them in flight to warmer country for winter. 

losing focus However, he quickly found that the delicious fare he had enjoyed all summer had made him so soft and heavy, he could not fly any higher than the roof of the barn. As he sank back to the ground he said to himself, “Oh well, my life here is safe and the food is good. I’ll stay right where I am.” Every spring, and then again every autumn, he heard the honking of the wild ducks as they flew over the barnyard. For a few seasons, he tried to join his mates, but the day came when he paid no attention to the wild ducks honking and flying overhead. 

The story of the wild duck reminds us of poet William Wordsworth’s words, “The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.” The world’s cares and comforts can easily distract us from God’s purpose for our lives. There are many times when we have to force ourselves to do the right thing, keep in shape, and live balanced lives. If we get sidetracked, just as the wild duck did, we need to draw near to God. Like a magnet that has been demagnetized and has lost its ability to determine direction, we can get back on track by staying in close contact with the most powerful magnet in the universe, Jesus Christ. He never loses his sense of direction!

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