'The ducks have just landed!' (01-07-21)
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities: all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
(Colossians 1: 16-17)
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
(John 15: 19)
For many years, our pond has suffered with infestation from blanket weed. Chemicals and barley sheaves have had no impact on this stubborn algae. Resigned to defeat, we have planned this year to empty the pond and turn it into a gravel pit.
One evening last week we looked out in amazement to see a pair of Mallard ducks edging cautiously into the pond. Once in, they purposefully ferreted through the weed for food. We reported this to our family, who wanted to be kept informed.
On Sunday evening, as I gazed out of the window, the ducks flew in from the direction of Mawsley and once more enjoyed a feast. Upon inspection today, it appears that they have eaten our blanket weed. There is a natural order in nature which maintains a balanced existence and resolves problems.
There is a natural order in our relationship with God.
Through regular prayer, reflection and worship, we can keep our life in perspective. The temporary rewards and challenges of earthly life are dwarfed by the promise made by Jesus Christ of an eternal life with God.
Even though we are in this world Christians are not of this world. Our true home is not in this sinful world, but in Heaven. There are bad things and suffering in this world, but believers can rest assured that there is a glorious Kingdom that awaits us.
I have not prayed for my pond to be cleared, but just as the Father sent the Son to sort out our problem with sin, so the ducks have arrived to sort out my problem with blanket weed.
There is comfort in the natural order of life.
A hymn (MP 486)
O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us;
and keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
in this world and the next.