Monday, April 30, 2012

Duck Feathers vs. God's Feathers!

Picture taken by my granddaughter
at our neighborhood duck pond.

Have you even wondered how ducks stay dry?

"If you can watch some ducks for a while you might notice that they spend a lot of time nibbling their feathers with their beaks. This is called preening. While the duck is preening she is spreading oil all over her top layer of feathers. The oil comes from a special place near her tail called a gland and when she spreads the oil over her feathers it makes her feathers waterproof. The water can’t get through the first layer of oily feathers and so all of her feathers underneath stay dry and fluffy and keep her warm all over."  (From Garth and Bev's website)

Swans and geese keep dry under their feathers in the same way.

As my granddaughter and I were talking about this yesterday,
I suddenly realized that God wants to take care of us in a similar way!

"He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge."

He doesn't take us out of the water
(the storms or challenges in our lives),
but He keeps us "dry" and out of danger
by giving us refuge "under His wings"!

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Nava said...

I have not seen any baby ducks this year--love them.

Deborah said...

Encouraging lesson, Esther Joy! So thankful for the refuge we have 'under His wings' when those challenges of life arise! Sweet images, too, and I have seen ducks, lots of ducks @ Nava ... actually, we just saw about 25 of them walking across the road with their momma the other day! :) They must have all migrated over here! Lol! I have not seen any swans, though. Thank you for sharing ... you have a blessed week!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great post ~ awesome photos ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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Annmarie Pipa said...

love your thoughts.

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Leovi said...

Sweet photos.

Just Be Real said...

Love those ducks.....