Following the Call

Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one." John 10: 25-30 (NRSV)

Wood ducks build their nests in hollow, rotted tree cavities, which are sometimes up to 60 feet above ground. Within a day of hatching, the ducklings climb out of their nests. Following their mother's beckoning call, they leap from the safety and comfort of the nest and fall to the ground below before making their way to water where their mother awaits. The ducklings do not hesitate to follow the voice they know and trust. They make this jump before they have learned to fly; yet they trust the call to come.

After discovering the fascinating beginnings of a wood duck's life, Jessica E. Dutton, from Maine, began to wonder how much she trusted the voice of the One who cares for her. Am I willing to leave all that is safe and familiar and follow the Shepherd's call, even if that means leaping into the great unknown?

The ducklings' obedience is natural and instinctive. They show no fear - only trust. What a strong reminder to focus on the Shepherd's voice with full assurance of his loving guidance!

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to follow you, trusting in your care for us, in Jesus' name. Amen

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