Better days are coming!

A small flock of Canadian geese have chosen to make their home near ours. They often appear on the river bank, and this morning I was greeted by two proud parents and three small goslings swimming in their wake.

The adults were jealously protective, shooing away any other geese who may be out to kidnap or adopt their offspring, and they scurried the young ones to the safety of the water at the least sign of an intruder, real or imagined.

The babies must be only a day or two old, and totally dependent upon mom and dad for their survival, but already they are drinking from the water and pecking to find food on shore, as their instincts bloom and carry them into adulthood.

Watching the awkward, tiny ones along side their long-necked graceful parents reminded me of how different they will look and act one day. These who now can only chirp and swim a little ways without tiring soon will be honking loud and long with the flock as it makes its way south in the fall, airborne hours without a rest.

It also reminded me of our own vulnerability and dependence upon the Lord, as well as the truth that we will not always appear so weak and susceptible to temptation and sin. We are destined for greater things.

The Apostle Paul, acknowledging our temporary infirmities, gives us hope that we will not always be as we now are (1 Corinthians 15:49): “Just as we have born the image of the man of dust (that is, Adam), we shall also bear the image of the Man of heaven (that is, Jesus).”

The Apostle John expresses the same glorious reality in these encouraging words (1 John 3:2): “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

Yes, little downy one, one day you, too, will fly.

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