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What Can The Head Of An Owl Teach Us ??????

19 May
What Can The Head Of An Owl Teach Us ??????

Living out in the country enables me to see many many species of birds. This is the third Monday I have written on what birds can teach us as believers in Christ. A couple of years or so ago I was walking in the pasture and noticed an owl stuck in the wire fence with a severely damaged wing. It had almost eaten it’s wing off to free itself. Even if it had, never was it to fly again. The wing was destroyed! We gently put it in a box and took it to the Tulsa Zoo. They said they would care for it. I have always been fascinated by them, so today, let’s see what the owl can teach us spiritually.

I love to observe the perched owl, usually high up in a tree. Their posture is upright and stare is straight forward. It is not normal to see them during the day as they are nocturnal animals and I will see them usually only in the very early mornings. They tend to hang out around vacated, dilapidated, barren areas. Psalm 102:6 makes reference to them: “I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places”.

The owl has amazing eyesight, and their hearing is astonishingly sensitive. In fact, the owl’s hearing is so superb that it can locate a rodent under leaves and snow; but the one amazing characteristic it has is it’s head movement.

The owl can rotate it’s head at least 180 degrees and the long-eared owl can rotate 270 degrees. This is something humans cannot accomplish physically. People like me with past neck injuries can barely turn 45 degrees.

Even though we cannot turn our physical heads like the owl, spiritually we can, and do at times. This reminds me of one of the characters in Bunyan’s Pilgrim Progress, Mr. Facing-Bothways. He is just a fence sitter, not a Christian or non-Christian. He tries to be what Jesus says we can not be, the slave of two masters.

owl 180 degrees

In another way, every Christian should be owl-like or a Mr. Facing-Bothways. With much gratitude we should look back to the past and on to the future with great expectation. It isn’t easy to do. As a matter of fact it is extremely difficult to do for most, including me.There are some things in the future that I hope for with great enthusiasm! Some of the traditionalists want no change at all. There are some things that are concrete and can never change. The Bible’s message can never change one jot or tittle, while the futurist has no regard for the past at all. Our task is to live in between the two, but always having great hope.

One other observation of the owl that I see as a Christian is that we should always be facing both ways. We look back to the first coming of Christ and the first real Christmas Day when in humility Jesus was born in the stable. Yet, we look forward with great anticipation to Christ’s second coming at the end of the age when He will come in power and great glory. In the mean time, we are living in the middle between His two appearings.

The Lord’s Supper reminds us of this when we observe it. “Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup , you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” ( I Cor. 11:26).  In this one verse Paul refers to the past ( Christ’s death) and to the future ( Christ’s return). We are to occupy until He returns, but never forgetting what He has already accomplished for us. The love that God displays in both comings, we are to display in between. May the love of Christ shine forth from us until He returns for His bride!

As the raven and the stork have taught us of faith and repentance, the owl has lessons for us to learn to better serve our Master. This is reason enough why our Lord instructed us to be bird watchers.

Until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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41 responses to “What Can The Head Of An Owl Teach Us ??????

  1. Anonymous

    May 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

    True pearls of Levi. Thank you for the lesson.

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  2. geoffhorswood

    May 19, 2014 at 5:36 am

    The mobility of the owl’s head also speaks of being “self-controlled and alert” as in Peter’s letter, and also to the discernment that is supposed to characterise the life of the believer.
    With ears asymmetrically arranged on its head, the owl is excellent at pinpointing exactly where a sound is coming from. So it ought to be with the Christian when faced with uncertainty about where the voice we’re listening to is coming from.
    The ability to fly by night when other birds can’t see speaks to faith and guidance. The noiselessness of their flight speaks to stilling the noise of our souls in order to hear the Lord.
    In short, there’s a lot we can learn from owls.
    As a bit of a birdwatcher myself, I’m really enjoying reading what someone else gets from observing the Creation.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 6:08 am

      Geoff, thank you for the additional points brought out. I have really enjoyed studying these birds for the studies and they are by no means exhaustive. I appreciate it. Have a great day!!!

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  3. Julie Harris

    May 19, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I am enjoying your bird posts! Love your analogy of turning our heads like the owl. Beautiful picture!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Julie, thanks so much. I have enjoyed so much putting them together and learning of them. Have a great week!!!

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  4. richardlowellbryant

    May 19, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Wonderful observations Levi.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Thanks. It’s been enjoyable!! I enjoy your blog too!!

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  5. msauthorette

    May 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

    What a neat observation. 🙂 I like that; definitely sharing with my mom.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I’m so glad. I have thoroughly enjoyed doing them. Thanks for the great comment!!😀 I hope your mom enjoys it.

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  6. Sue C.

    May 19, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I love sitting on my back deck watching the birds but Levi, this has got to be a God thing with you! I look at the birds and smile but have never related them to a Bible lesson. You are amazing. Good stuff.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Sue, lol, it is a God thing. I’m the one letting them teach me and I’m just sharing a little of what I’ve learned. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these. I have a few more I’m thinking of. Stay tuned. Thanks as always!!!

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  7. Sue C.

    May 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I can’t wait. 🙂 Were you able to get my book, “Seek My Face?” If not, I’ll send you one.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

      I have to be honest I didn’t even know about it. Is it on amazon? I’m on there now ordering some books.

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  8. Sue C.

    May 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I think it is. It will be “Seek My Face” – Sue Cass

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I just checked an they don’t have it in the Prime. Ship it to me and I’ll send you the money or send you my cc # if

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  9. Sue C.

    May 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I just checked, Levi and yes it’s there. I went to the search, typed in the title, and author. It came right up.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Just ordered it. Thanks. Amazon itself didn’t have any themselves. Bought it from another seller. Amazon does have your newest in stock I noticed. I am reviewing a book going to publication in Sept for an author and writing an endorsement ( if I can). Thanks!

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      • Sue C.

        May 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

        Great! I hope you enjoy it. I call that one my “knock you up side the head” book. lol I’m glad you were able to get it. Let me know what you think.

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  10. Kelly Grace

    May 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Perfect Levi! We’re told to look to the ant, you sluggard. . .
    God made these wonderful creatures for His pleasure and ours too, but they have lessons to teach us and you ‘studied’ them carefully.
    Will you branch out to mammals?
    Proverbs 17:12
    Hosea 13:8
    PS I love the ‘Lord willing’ you close with.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Kelly, I may go on with mammals. I have a few more ideas for birds. I have taught on ants before at church, I have also done some studies on some of the trees in the bible I may do. As He directs me I suppose. Thanks. Hope your week is blessed:)

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  11. Elaine

    May 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I so enjoy the studies you do Levi. I learn so much from them and it also opens my mind to being aware of different ways to look at things around me in a biblical sense instead of just the obvious things. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Glad you enjoy them Elaine. I really like preparing them. So many lessons we can learn from all of creation. Have a great day!!!

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  12. Sheila

    May 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Owls fascinate me too, maybe because as you said, we don’t get to see them often. Here in Italy we have the civetta, or little owl, which is a bit unusual because it does come out in the daytime too, and because it’s call sounds like a kitten or puppy crying! In fact, for a long time I thought it was. The civetta is a beautiful little bird, and whenever I hear it ‘crying’, I think, “There’s my bird, hoping to become as wise as she is!” Thanks for these insightful bird lessons–we’re enjoying them!

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Sheila, I’ve not heard of the civetta, I shall look them up. I’m glad you’re enjoying them. Hope all is well with you all in Italy.

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      • Sheila

        May 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        All’s well here, and even when it’s not, it’s well because it means the Lord loves us enough to teach us and change us. But we’re in a fairly tranquil period right now, and enjoying it, along with fresh strawberries, straight from our garden! Hope all’s well with you all down there in OK, too.

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        • Levi Thetford

          May 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm

          Actually Sheila we picked strawberries this morning as well. Mighty yummy they are.

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  13. Skye @ TheSanctuaryofMyHeart

    May 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Another wonderful Monday post. I have always loved owls ~ you have just made them even more endearing, Dear Levi.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Skye. I’ve enjoyed so much doing them. Owls are a neat bird. I hope you’re Tuesday is blessed Dear girl 🙂

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  14. Daddysgirl

    May 19, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Brother Levi, your heart for Christ is so evident in each of your posts. I am always either saying wow…so neat…really cool… never thought it like that or awww ….such wisdom ….I love it that you like to study everything through the eyes of Christ. God bless you my brother.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m so glad that you are blessed in them. It really is an encouragement to continue posting them. I would continue to study even if I didn’t publish it. You’re so kind! Have a nice evening and may your tomorrow be great:)

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      • Daddysgirl

        May 20, 2014 at 6:28 am

        Amen! Thank you and please post because I look forward to reading them.

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  15. AuAu

    May 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I find it very interesting, the search for truth, what it is and what changes, after a while you wish you could twist your head like an owl in order to understand properly 😛
    Curiously, I was reading a little about Vatican I and II before I read your post.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

      I am certain that your readings of the Vatican were much different reading than from me. It would seem easier if like the owl we could just turn our heads but as adults we must face it head on. Jesus is the truth and the bible is God’s record of showing us. Thanks for reading and a great comment. :))

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  16. SLIMJIM

    May 20, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Like the owl, may our visions be clear…and focus on the Messiah

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