[Proverbs as Parables]: Gerald’s Waddle

There once was a duck. One of those white ducks with a bright orange beak and big, floppy, orange feet. His name was Gerald.

Gerald walked everywhere. But not without difficulty. His big, floppy, orange feet made walking on lumpy grass and sandy shores quite the challenge.

He wiggled and wobbled and…waddled wherever he went.

One day he tried walking on rocky ground, up a mountain, and through a cave! To you and me this might sound like a fun adventure! But to Gerald, well, he was out of his element. He was up a creek without a paddle. I think you know what I mean. Ducks don’t belong in such an environment!

A sparrow, named Jack happened to fly near Gerald. No, not Jack Sparrow. Just Jack the sparrow. Anyways, Jack couldn’t bear to watch the poor duck suffer over rough terrain.

So Jack tweeted a message to Gerald in only 22 characters: Ducks belong in ponds.

And it’s true, wise and smart isn’t it? Ducks belong in ponds, sparrows belong in sky, cows belong in fields, cougars belong in mountains…and people? People belong in the way of the LORD.

When we’re not walking in the way God made us to, we find ourselves in rough terrain.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways obey him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight. Don’t be wise in your own eyes. Have respect for the LORD and avoid evil. That will bring health to your body. It will make your bones strong.

Proverbs 3:5-8

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