BREATHE SLOWLY, AND WAIT FOR AN OPEN DOOR

BREATHE SLOWLY,  AND  WAIT  FOR  AN  OPEN  DOOR

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

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Duck survives 2 days in refrigerator   (BBC News photo)

An amazing story of duck survival was reported, years ago, by BBC News:

A duck in the US state of Florida has survived gunshot wounds and a two-day stint in a refrigerator. A hunter shot the duck, wounding it in the wing and leg. Believing the bird was dead, he left it in his fridge at his home in Tallahassee. The hunter’s wife got a fright when she opened the fridge and the duck lifted its head, a local veterinarian said. Staff at the Goose Creek Animal Sanctuary who are treating the bird said it has a 75% chance of survival. The plucky duck was taken first to a local animal hospital, and then to an animal sanctuary for more specialised treatment. A veterinarian at the sanctuary said he thinks the duck will live, but will probably never be well enough to be released into the wild. The veterinarian, David Hale, said the duck’s low metabolism rate helped it survive its time in the refrigerator, the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported. “This is an extremely tough duck with a lot of spirit to live,” he said. “This shows how tough and adaptable wildlife are.”

[Quoting “Duck survives two days in fridge”, BBC News (21 January 2007), posted at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6283677.stm .]

Consider the reprinted news article, above. Such news is just ducky, of course, although 2 days in the fridge is too long – downright foul play (for the fowl).  What a good sport — the chilled duck was heard to gasp:  “I don’t mind the cold in the fwidge, but next time please leave the door open just a quack, so I can bweathe.”  That duck, undaunted, was a pretty cool survivor.  (Of course, that’s assuming the report is true, and not just a canard.)  Bottom line:  when a hunter is shooting in your direction, just duck!  Now, here’s my cool duck limerick, about being patient:

BREATHE SLOWLY,  AND  WAIT  FOR  AN  OPEN  DOOR

There once flew a duck, through the air

Shot, he was, though it doesn’t seem fair;

Dead duck! – someone guessed,

The fridge – his new nest;

When the door ope’d, he quacked for health care!

COMMENTARY: Regarding the virtue of patience, see James 5:7-8 & Revelation 3:10.  See also Colossians 4:32nd Corinthians 2:12 (regarding the importance of “open doors”).  Regarding unusual opportunities, wait your turn –patiently; then, when the door of opportunity is opened for you, GET QUACKING!

 

WILLIAM TYNDALE, BIBLE TRANSLATOR AND PRAYING MARTYR

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There was a man honest and young,
Whose work for plough-boys has been sung;
Though Tyndale was betrayed,
Before dying, he prayed,
For God’s Word, in the plain English tongue!

COMMENTARY:   See Colossians 4:3.  Master Tyndale’s dying prayer was, “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes!” — and God’s response, soon thereafter, was to providentially prompt the King of England to require that English-translation Bible copies be made publically available, at churches throughout all of England — and, by God’s grace, the English translation that was used was itself a revised version of Tyndale’s own Bible translation work!  See also “What a Difference a Day Makes”, posted at http://www.icr.org/article/4537 (citing Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, chapter 12).