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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bird Struck! Woodpecker

Family Devotional

Day Eleven

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Psalm 139:14

Although they differ in length, all woodpeckers have a straight chisel-like self-sharpening bill and straight stiff tail feathers, which help them to lean against tree trunks.

They are like living electric drills similar to the jackhamers workers use to break up sidewalks for repair. The woodpecker can pound up to twenty some blows a second on a tree. That’s a lot of hard battering.

At the back of their lower jaw is a muscular pad that acts as a shock absorber. They are specially designed for the work they do.

Not only do they drill into branches and trees to eat insects and grubs, but the holes they excavate often become nests for other smaller birds such as nuthatches, wrens, and elf owls.

Jesus tells us that God knows when each sparrow falls and how many hairs are on his head. We are each unique to Him—a one-of-a-kind design that has specific abilities for special tasks.

Sometimes He has a very special job He asks us to do. If another bird tried to imitate the woodpecker, he would be badly hurt without the shock absorber. So it’s important not to imitate other people but be our unique selves.

When we follow Jesus, He Himself protects us and becomes our shock absorber. Then we can freely live our lives in His protection doing the work he asks us to do.

1. What are some special things you know how to do?

2. Is there someone you can help out this week—maybe with homework or chores?

3. Is there something you would like to be able to do but have difficulty? Ask a grown-up or friend for a way to learn.

Read More
Job 33:4
Psalm 139:3-18
Ephesians 2:10


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