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IN THE CARPENTER’S WORKSHOP: Just ducky

A duck walks into a store and says, “Give me some Chapstick.”

The clerk says, “How are you going to pay for that?” “Oh, just put it on my bill.”

This kind of repartee is how we as God’s people can converse if things are balanced and full of God’s presence.  When we have purpose and can put people at ease with a word or a smile, I have to believe God smiles as well.

Can’t you just see this duck sitting there on the counter and letting the pharmacist administer the lip balm to his bill?  The very idea of it all brings a smile.

Life is a journey back and forth from darkness to light.  We begin with sin and move to faith.  God wants us to get to the place that the 23rd Psalm is what we think and how we live rather than a nice old poem to read from time to time.

If we trust that God is our shepherd, he will lead us to good places and sit down at every meal with us.  When we have nothing to fear, our faith could be called “just ducky!”

Ducks can teach us a great deal about faith.  Take the iceberg lesson, for instance.  Scientists say that 90 percent of an iceberg is under water. 

We must steer as far away as we can from icebergs, and iceberg-like people and situations.  And when we strike one, we must depend on Jesus to save us.  If he can move mountains, he certainly can move icebergs!

Now, to get back to ducks and faith.  When we see ducks floating on the water, they seem so  peaceful.  The reality is that their little webbed feet are paddling furiously most of the time.

So it is with us.  We can be paddling furiously and appear totally calm to others. God sees all of us and wants to help us step out on land from time to time in safety.  He waits to help us fly at precisely the right time.

He is ready to tell us when to fly south for the winter, and when to return.  He gives us beautiful colors and lakes and ponds full of fish and salad.

So becoming “just ducky” in the faith is learning how to trust in the God who created everything and paddles and flies with us wherever we go.  And, he will never put the cost of doing it on our bill!

A motorist in a B.M.W. was driving through the countryside on a beautiful Saturday afternoon,  when he came to an area of the road that was covered with a huge puddle of water from a rainstorm.  Worried that he was going to damage the car in the deep water, he spotted a nearby farmer and asked how deep the water was. 

“Arr”, said the local farmer, “That water only be a few inches deep!” 

Relieved, the motorist edged his car into the water, expecting to come out the other side in no time.  Instead, the water came right up the side of the car, and the engine sputtered to a halt.

Sitting there in his soaking wet luxury car, the motorist yelled angrily, “I thought you said this water was only a few inches deep!!!” 

“Well,” replied the local farmer, “It only come up to the waist of them there ducks!” 

So don’t depend on the duck to tell us how deep the waters are.  Don’t depend completely  upon others to tell us if things are dangerous or not.  Check out the situation yourself.

Get out the yardstick of the gospel and measure the puddle.  

When riverboat pilots would measure the water in front of the paddlewheeler, they used a string with a weight on the end.  As long as there were two fathoms (12 feet total) in depth, the riverboat would not run aground.  When they called out “mark twain,” the number two on the rope, the coast so to speak, was clear.  (Or, to continue our feathered journey, “just ducky!”)  Anything shallower, meant danger ahead.

The waist of “them there ducks” is up to interpretation.  But the depth of the water or the iceberg can be determined with God’s word and friends who see the whole picture.

The television show, “Duck Dynasty,” is very popular these days with many audiences.  Could it be that Americans are ready for a return to “Andy Griffith” and “Highway to Heaven” days?  Could it be that we have gone so far toward no values, where no duck or Christian concept is respected, that people want a return to faith and traditional values?

The only place I am sure that ducks are mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis, during the instructions for loading the ark.  God said to take two of all animals on the earth.  That was surely so they would not “quack up!”

Here’s hoping you don’t either.