Sunday, October 14, 2012

God's Vacuum Cleaners!

One day last week I sensed a commotion across the street
after a large dark shadow passed by my living room window.
Yes, I know...
It's pretty gross, isn't it?!!
It's what we in Arkansas call a "turkey vulture",
and he's devouring a dead armadillo.


When trying to capture him on camera,
I startled him, and he flew off.
I did catch his "take off".
Look at his strong thigh muscles!
Here he is, slowly rising off the ground,
...and heading for the safety of a large oak,
(look at that wing span!)
...where he landed and perched till I was out of sight with my camera.
Although I felt the whole process of the dead armadillo being consumed
by the vulture was really gross,  I had to admit that it was very creative and thoughtful of our wonderful God to create such birds to be "Vacuum cleaners" of nature.
Curiosity had me looking up Scriptures to see if vultures were mentioned
many times in the Bible.  They were mentioned more times than I realized.
(If interested, click on the highlighted letters to check out these references
I guess the Scripture verse that interested me the most was from Luke 17
where the disciples were wondering when Jesus would return again.
"Where will this happen, Lord?" the disciples asked.
Jesus replied,
"Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby,
 so these signs indicate that the end is near."
What signs was Jesus talking about?
You can find the answers in that same passage from Luke 17:27-37.
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Tracy said...

Hi Esther, I too love how God works things. Maybe when we see some 'gross' clean up in our own lives, i should remember that it too is a part of God's process of getting rid of the deadwood in my life. Great pics and great post
God bless

Ruth said...

Vultures as vacuum cleaners...I like it! God does have a purpose and pleasure in all he has made. I like that, too. :)
Have a great week.

Leovi said...

Very nice pictures, beautiful bird in flight. Greetings.

Mumsy said...

Great captured! Oh I agree that God does have a plan for every living thing on this earth..

Sarah (Nikki) said...

vacume cleaners of that term for these gross birds...We live near the lake and have a few of them around here....when they're flying they look amazing.And I like what you said..that He has a plan and purpose for everything....

Zia Blue said...

i love the name of this post- so creative. i've always felt sorry for vultures... no one seems to like them too much :/

Splendid Little Stars said...

Vacuum cleaners are certainly a necessity. I'm grateful that I'm NOT one!
What cool photos!

Catherine OurVillageIs said...

Thank goodness God was so thoughtful to provide dead armadillo removal! What great photos!

Jenny said...

Vultures are so creepy...

...and interesting...

...and fun!

I thought this was quite cool!

You are quite cleVer!