The Ostrich and You

God comes to Job after all his attempts to understand the things happening in his life. His friends have had their say, and Job has responded to each discourse. Then God shows up and begins questioning Job. We quickly discover that there are numerous things in this life that we do not understand, but we accept them. Likewise, other things seem odd, but God has a design for them. 

One of the things that God brings up is the Ostrich. In Job chapter 39, he starts by saying several negative things about this bird. It can’t fly, and it is not wise where it lays its eggs. It is not a good parent and not a very smart animal. Then he says this last line, “Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider. (Job 39:18 – NIV 2011) The Lord points out several bad things about the Ostrich, but when it begins to run, it is beautiful and faster than any horse and rider. 

It is easy to see our shortcomings; most of us can list everything we are bad at doing. But what is the one thing you can do well? Perhaps God created you with only one ability, but when you put it to use, it is a thing of beauty. 

You do not need to be able to do a lot well but find your one thing and do it with all your might.


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