Photo of a brood of chickens courtesy http://www.haccpeuropa.com/.
Ten Things You Didn't Know About Chickens
1. There are 150 varieties of chickens.
2. They can run up to 9 miles per hour.
3. They can live for up to three days without their heads.
4. September is National Chicken Month.
5. The world has more chickens than people.
6. Chickens speak their own language.
7. A cross between a chicken and a turkey is called a "turken".
8. The latin term for a chicken is a "galos domesticos".
9. The chicken is the closest relative to the T-Rex.
10. "Alektorophobia" is the fear of chickens.*
Today a pastor came to my children's school and delivered a talk about chickens. He recruited ten volunteers, all relatively small in stature, and asked them to strut around like chickens, flapping their wings, pecking at the ground for food and making their trademark "bok bok" sound. Then the pastor recruited a tall teacher to act as an eagle and descend on the brood of chickens. But he was not any ordinary eagle. He decided to make his home with the chickens, walking instead of flying, pecking at the seed like the chickens, rather than searching for prey, and even "boking" like a chicken.
Finally, a naturalist came along and reminded the giant eagle that he was the king of the birds and that he should act accordingly. After much coaxing, the eagle took flight, soaring over the land with his giant wings, searching for fish, and "cawing" like an eagle. He realized his full potential, that God had made him much more than just a chicken.
We, too, might go through life acting like the chickens, running around with our heads cut off. But we have been given such talents and resources. With God's love and direction, we no longer need to peck at the ground like chickens, but rather soar like the eagle.
Photo of hawk courtesy http://nathistok.bio/.