Sunday, March 25, 2007

Examples in creation

"In the grasslands of southern Africa are two strange friends. One is the redbilled oxpecker, a brown and yellow bird with a bright red bill. It's best friend is the rhinoceros! If you look closely at rhinos you will often see oxpeckers riding along on their backs or climbing on their heads. The rhino likes to give the little bird a ride, because the oxpecker keeps the huge animal healthy and clean by eating pesky flies, ticks, fleas, and dead skin. Another way the bird helps the rhino is by making a sharp call when it sees danger. This helps the rhino becaue he doesn't see very well." ~five minute devotions. Pamela kennedy

To me this is a beautiful example of what the body of Christ should be for one another. Helping each other, warning each other, and simply being a companion to one another.



Blogger Seth Ward said...

Good story.

But who gets to be the rhino or the oxpecker? I can just see Amber telling this to one of her friends. "You know, we are like the rhino and the oxpecker. You are the rhino and I am the... ox.. pecker."

On a side note: I have found a new name to call my friends.

(This is what you get for having a guy read your blog: Not getting your point and finding someway to turn something wholesome into an insult.)

Seriously, we should do WAY more helping. Somehow we are just fine with watching our brothers and sisters walk straight into danger.

10:59 AM

Blogger FancyPants said...

No, I'd screw it up royally. I'd forget the name of the bird and accidentally leave off the "ox."....

11:41 AM

Blogger FancyPants said...

OK, serious comment, now.

It's true. Sometimes we're more worried about the stuff on our own back and forget about our friends. Thanks for this reminder....

11:45 AM

Blogger kddub said...

Interesting...um... insight seth and fancypants....
I'm glad I could contribute to your friend's new nicknames.... Why is the bird called that anyways?

I guess that's what we get for God allowing man to name all the animals.

7:39 PM


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