28 April 2009
Other than being the largest bird in the world (with one of the the largest eye cavities of any creation on the planet), and being the largest living species of bird who lays the largest egg of any bird species, what purpose does the ostrich serve? They are the world's lousiest mothers, they can not fly, and they are d-u-m-b! They are fast runners (up to 43 miles per hour), but how does that serve the planet? Their feathers are gorgeous, and their faces are funny-looking. But still, I wonder why God even created them!
Hey, it ain't just me who points out the faults of the ostrich. God, Himself, pointed out their uselessness to Job.
"The ostrich flaps her wings futilely— all those beautiful feathers, but useless!
She lays her eggs on the hard ground, leaves them there in the dirt, exposed to the weather,
Not caring that they might get stepped on and cracked or trampled by some wild animal.
She's negligent with her young, as if they weren't even hers.
She cares nothing about anything.
She wasn't created very smart, that's for sure, wasn't given her share of good sense.
But when she runs, oh, how she runs, laughing, leaving horse and rider in the dust."
OK, so the purpose of the ostrich seems to be to run. Ostrich riding is, in other countries, like horse riding is in the United States.
I do remember that Johnny Cash was seriously hurt when kicked by an ostrich, so I know these birds are not "gentle" creatures.
I have ostrich ferns in front of my house, and they usually remind me of the conversation between Job and God. They are gorgeous ferns because they resemble ostrich feathers, and they are very hardy.
Today I'm just contemplating the reason for the existence of ostriches. Nothing earth shaking, just my inquisitive nature rising up again.
(c) 2009 April Lorier
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20