photo © 2007 Peter Shanks | more info (via: Wylio)Friends of our family have ducks. These ducks have laid eggs and hatched baby ducks. The baby ducks have been kept in a confined area, but now that they are old enough, it is time for them to go onto the pond. I imagine this as a simple process. There has to be some truth behind the phrase, “like a duck to water”. It is not as easy as it sounds.
The ducks, both parents and the baby ducks, were not interested in the pond. Their enclosed, smaller area was near the pond. When they were taken to the pond, they tried to return to their previous location. They were repeatedly taken to the pond. They repeatedly went back to their previous duck housing. They wanted the safety and security of what was known instead of trying a new thing. We do the same thing. We will often stick with what we know instead of trying the new thing. It turns out that for the ducks, living on the pond is where they are supposed to be. This is where they belong. They wanted to miss the place that they could thrive in order to stay with what was familiar. Are you missing the place you are supposed to be because you are trying to stay with what is familiar?
The ducks finally decided to stay on the pond. The duck owner said that once the ducks spent a little time out there, they would realize that was where they were supposed to be. Sometimes we have to do the same thing. We have to try the new place or the new experience before we can decide if we like it. Is there something you need to try? At first we may long for the security of the familiar, but there may be something better for us. There may be somewhere that allows us more room to grow and develop as the people God has created us to be. We will never know if we don’t move away from the comfortable and familiar. We need to be willing to try new things and be in new places. Maybe we will take to it like a duck to water.