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Crows: Smarter Than…

The crow was minding his own business. Doing what crows do. Pecking, searching for morsels of food in the lawn near the hotel.

My husband and I, vacationing in the Northwest, had just climbed out of our car at the hotel parking lot.

Just as we finished unloading our luggage from the trunk I heard an outraged “caw, caw.” A flock of seagulls had spotted the crow, landed, and formed a threatening circle. They took turns harassing him, lunging forward for a nip at his tail or his wings.

Finally, in desperation, the crow broke through the malevolent group and flapped upward into a ponderosa tree. Once on top of a bough, he scrabbled further within the protective spiny leaves.

Mean-intentioned as the seagulls were, they didn’t dare try to follow Mr. Crow. Sea gulls are ill-equipped—with their long narrow wings meant for soaring over bodies of water, and webbed feet,—to land on tree branches.

From his safe perch within the pine boughs, Mr. Crow taunted the sea gulls, who screamed their fury back at him.

Because I love suspense, I’d stayed to watch the scene unfold. I am always amazed at the smarts demonstrated by the so-called “dumb” animals.

Crows are really smart. From a high vantage point, they scout out their surroundings and shout warnings to their cohorts of lurking danger.  They avoid seagull mobs by going where no seagull has gone before. They’re social and adaptable.

But people:

  1.  venture into danger—whether physical or emotional— and tell themselves they can handle any difficulty that arises.
  2.  often ignore warnings
  3.  get their “hackles” raised when a friend or relative tries to give wise advice.
  4.  try to outrun trains at railroad crossings.

Wouldn’t it be great to be as smart as a crow every day? To know just exactly what to do when danger surrounds?

Our wise heavenly Father has blessed us with His Book. Not to make us miserable, or to hold us back, but to protect us and keep us from wandering into dangerous situations.

Just like the wise crow, I need to be equipped for my own type of survival every day… by reading and studying God’s Word.

The fear of God builds up confidence and makes a world safe for your children.” (verse from Proverbs 14, The Message)

Never Too Late

I once talked to a man who said sadly that he wished he could be a pastor. He always felt a call, but he’d ignored it. Now, it was simply too late. “What?” I said. “You’re only 32 years old. You’re practically still a kid.”

He looked at me like I was just being nice. In his mind, 32 was ancient and beyond the age where he could possibly go back to school.

In my career as a music teacher, I’ve talked to many parents who wish they’d taken piano lessons when they were young. Now, they say, it’s too late.

“What?” I always say. “It’s never too late, unless you’re dead.”

I wonder why so many people limit themselves just because they’re no longer young. Maybe it has to do with our youth-centered culture. After all, when we watch TV, we see mostly young, attractive people. and most of our pop musical artists are young, too.

It’s just silly. After gaining so much life experience, we then conclude that we’re not as useful or as capable as a young person because we have some lines on our faces, or our joints feel stiff.

What about age-accumulated wisdom? Why do we not value that?

2005 Sequoia Park Camping 045In biblical times, age was something to be revered. A mature person was someone to listen to. People listen to my husband, Bruce because he’s accumulated a lot of wisdom over the years:

Consider these famous authors:

Victor Hugo wrote  Les Miserables when he was sixty. I find it hard to believe he would have done a better job writing this masterpiece if he were, say, thirty, or even forty.

Poet T. S. Eliot was sixty when he won the 1948 Nobel Prize in literature.

At sixty-one, Clarence Day wrote Life With Father. Do you think he could have written this if he hadn’t had forty years to gain perspective on his growing-up days?

At sixty-two, J. R. R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings. This masterpiece required years of study in medieval history and linguistics.

If God has put a dream in your heart, don’t let age stop you.

It’s never too late.

“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” (Job 12:12 NIV Bible)