lessons from the turkey

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by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock.” (Matthew 7:24-25, CEB)

Yesterday’s daily water looked at the difference between turkeys and eagles. Eagles soar above storms, using the storm’s energy to provide it the necessary loft to soar. I said I did not want to denigrate the turkey, though, so I want to revisit this again today as we learn from the animal Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the national bird.

Turkeys are communal birds. They flock together in good times and bad. They stay grounded. They seek shelter in the midst of the storm. Yes, there are times we want to soar above the storms, and want to remain independent, but one cannot live the Christian life in isolation.

God wants to give you His energy. Sometimes this is to keep you above the storm, but sometimes it is to shelter in place during it. When those times come, being alone can be terrifying! God gave you the church as a community of faith to help you in the good times and bad. The life of the turkey can give you some great insight as to why you need the church.

You need a community of other believers to do life with. You need a flock to help you stay grounded, especially when life’s conundrums vex and perplex. You need a shelter in the midst of life’s storms; a sanctuary, if you will. The church gives you this. A place to begin. A place to believe. A place to belong.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving me your family to help me in life. Forgive me for the times I want to live in isolation, when that is contrary to your design. I know I need the church for community, to help me stay grounded, and give me sanctuary in a troubling world. I thank you and praise you in the name of Jesus. Amen.