Lifelines: Chewing on a horseshoe?
by Bettie Marlowe Banner Staff Writer
Mar 07, 2014 | 327 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ostriches do not really “bury their heads in the sand” — a term used by many to mean denial. But if a predator threatens its nest, an ostrich will flop to the ground and remain still, laying its head against the sand to try to blend in with it. Only its body is visible, so from a distance, it looks like the ostrich has buried its head in the sand.

Sound like a wise bird? Think on this — they lay their eggs on the sand in the open.

An ostrich's kick is powerful enough to kill a lion, but their most common defense is running. They are flightless birds built for running, and they’re the fastest bird species, with a running speed of more than 40 mph.

They can cover 10 to 16 feet in a single stride (talk about long legs). But the ostrich lacks the protection other birds have, in that it is missing a special gland to waterproof its feathers — so when it rains, its feathers get soaked.

They are the largest in several areas: biggest egg in the world (3 pounds), largest eye of any land animal (2 inches across), heaviest bird (as much as 400 pounds) and up to 10 feet tall.

But the thing about the ostrich that caught my attention is that it will eat anything — whatever is available. (In Medieval times, people considered the ostrich a monstrous bird with such an insatiable appetite, it would pluck the iron shoes off a horse — QPB, Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson). In fact, the ostrich was represented in heraldry as chewing a horseshoe.

There are people in this world — wise as they are — who will eat anything. It doesn’t matter if “knowledge” is based in the Bible or if it is someone’s opinion, they’ll just swallow whatever they can find — like the ostrich.

In a commercial, little boys are testing a new cereal and one says, “Give it to Mikey — he’ll eat anything.”

A child of God should be discriminatory in their eating. If a doctrine is not found in the truth of God’s Word, pass it up. Jesus admonished His followers to beware of false doctrine (Matthew 16:12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:15). And Paul, also, warned the church — Colossians 2:8 — “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

I knew a man once, who, instead of searching the Scriptures, went from place to place and from religion to religion, “swallowing” whatever was being taught. His beliefs became so confused, he didn’t know what was truth and what was deception.

It wasn’t until he sought God and delved into His Word — changing his diet — that he regained his spiritual health. Just because something looks (and sounds) good, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Why would Satan offer you something unappetizing? We can’t be like the ostrich devouring everything in sight.

A lady told me once, “I know what the Bible says, but ... How dangerous. When a person tries to unravel the Scripture, there will be no end. That one thread goes from Genesis to Revelation and you can’t eliminate a part without eliminating all. And where would we be without God’s Word?

Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up, Lord.

Come and quench the thirsting of my soul.

Bread of heaven, feed me ’til I want no more

Fill my cup, Lord, Fill it up and make me whole.