Bird Brain

Like a frantic typist, a woodpecker can hammer a tree trunk up to 100 times per minute–and nothing in his appearance reveals what gives him that ability.

The woodpecker’s skull is padded with an inner “football helmet” made of cartilage that prevents multiple concussions. After drilling a hole in a tree trunk, his retractable tongue—twice the length of his beak—slips out like a sticky noodle. He probes for larvae, then coils the long organ back into a cavity in his skull.

Lately, I crept within a few feet of an industrious Alaskan woodpecker. How does a bird remind us that we, too, are equipped to face every task that God has assigned?

In Ephesians 2:10 we read that: “…we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God’s “handiwork” denotes an artisan’s creation, like a poem.

God designed some of us with OBVIOUS hard heads for “pounding” the forces of darkness to a pulp. Others of us think that we wouldn’t last a minute battering on the gates of hell, because we weren’t created with “that kind” of temperament. God has fashioned us with a merciful and gentle nature.

But, whatever our temperament, if we serve Christ, we possess innate abilities that fit God’s prepared assignments. Our fortitude and power to perform his work often remains hidden until God chooses to reveal them–in HIS name and in HIS time.

Don’t let the lesson taught by an industrious Alaskan woodpecker slip by. God equipped the woodpecker with inconspicuous abilities—and he has equipped you.

We can trust God to strengthen and shape his handiwork [our inconspicuous abilities] for his purposes. And we will be shocked at how gifted we are when we find ourselves on the front lines…

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. [I Thes. 5:24]


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