Turkeys are very popular and well-loved birds especially at Thanksgiving. Few people realize how ignorant this succulent fowl can be when facing a storm. Turkey farmers know this fact and realize it is imperative to put their flock inside before the rain begins. Why? Other birds remain outside in the rain, snow and cold and seem fine. So why does the turkey have to be put up?
During a storm, that colorful Tom turkey will unbelievably stand statue-like, mouth up and literally drown himself in the rain. This is more prominent in young turkeys and is due to the angle that the bird holds its head. If a turkey gets the head too far back, it cannot swallow and will inadvertently drown. The turkey literally becomes paralyzed at the sight of rain and will not survive if the farmer doesn’t intervene.
You may chuckle at this idiosyncrasy but think about how many humans are just like this bird. We can be easily paralyzed by the storms in our lives. When the rain starts we stand still, become paralyzed by circumstances and before we know it we are drowning in sorrow, anger or bitterness. We cannot control the storm, but we can control how we react to the storm!
Divorce, illness, a rebelling child, an unexpected tragedy are all examples of how we can be blindsided by life. God is our farmer and desires to take you out of the weather or comfort you through it. He is our refuge if we allow him to be. It is not necessary to try and survive on our own; we have a God who loves and cares about us in all situations.
Are the storms of life drowning you today? Look to your keeper who will care for you through the storm. Don’t drown, look to the crown.
Seed from the Feeder: Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.”
Flap or Fly? : What storm have you tried to weather alone? Give any bitterness, anger or resentment to Jesus today. He is here to save you from the storm.
FEATHERED FACT: The average lifespan for a domesticated turkey is ten years.