Poor ole Mr. Ostrich gets such a bad rap. But then he has a reputation to uphold also.
This particular ostrich struck a nice pose for me, as you can see, as I clicked his photo.
In my relentless reading of Job, I finally got to the end of the book where God talks to him about some animals, and among them, the ostrich.
Here’s what God has to say about our long necked friend:
“The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork’s? For she leaves her eggs on the ground, And warms them in the dust; She forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may break them. She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers; Her labor is in vain, without concern, Because God deprived her of wisdom, And did not endow her with understanding. When she lifts herself on high, She scorns the horse and its rider.” Job 39: 13 – 18 (NKJV)
As you can see, the ostrich is not exactly the picture of wisdom – rather is deprived of it. Like the passage says, they leave their eggs on the ground, and either step on the eggs themselves or a wild animal does.
Job compared himself to an ostrich (Job 30:29). The ostrich was laughed at because of its looks, and so was Job.
The difference was that this laughter didn’t seem to bother the simple minded ostrich.
Job on the other hand was quite anxious about the troubles of his life.
Maybe we could actually learn something from the ostrich, because several places in Scripture we are encouraged to not be anxious about the things going on in our lives, but to trust the Lord.
We trust the Lord, not because we are a bird brain like the ostrich, but because we trust in a faithful God who will take care of us!