I was mesmerized this morning watching a pair of green-headed mallards alight on the pond near our apartment. As they made their splashes, I was reminded of my favorite book as a kid (well one of them anyways). Yes, the age-old classic, Ducks Don’t Get Wet. I was fascinated at an early age (as a subscriber to ZOOBOOKS) of the ways of animals, and this detail about ducks at the fact that they preen themselves with a water-proof oil like agent was one of the most fascinating.
I have been going through the book of James with our youth group and have been again impressed with the no holds barred, in your face practicality of the instructions for the Christian life the Spirit led this writer to pen:
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Simply – don’t get wet! Our instruction is to prepare ourselves by doing those things which we should do because of our realized state in Christ. To keep unstained from the world, we simply live the gospel! If a duck can keep from getting wet, I think we can at least be as little stained as possible.