In fact, the kookaburras in these surrounds were so friendly that they would eat
from people's hands. We and our girls had watched with great interest as
kookaburra's approached people so it was to our delight that someone gave us a
little sausage meat. It was not too long and these wonderful birds were
feeding from our hands.
It was wonderful! It is not often that you can have such close encounters
with wild animals, though it is amazing what the offer of a little bit of free
food can do. The next morning I decided that I would try and repeat the
encounter, except there was just one problem. The best I had to offer was a bit
of bread, which really was not quite as appealing to a kookaburra as sausage
I threw a bit of bread at some of them but they barely moved. They were not
tempted at all by the bread nor were they the least bit fooled that the bread
was anything that they could be possibly interested in. The kookaburras sat
back and waited for something far more palatable to come along. They were too
smart to bother themselves with such measly offerings as my bread!
Now I really should not have been surprised. For a bird
whose diet mainly consists of small reptiles and invertebrates, a grain diet was
just not right. It was far more distaste that turned the kookaburra away from
my gift of bread. Kookaburras are meant to feast on meat, not bread. That’s
the way God made them.
The kookaburras reminded me of the story of Daniel. He too faced a dietary
choice though it is most unlikely that he would have agreed with the choice that
the kookaburras made!
When Daniel and his friends arrived in Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar offered
them the choicest food and the finest wine Babylon had to offer. However,
it was a far richer diet than Daniel and his friends had been used to. So
rather than taking part in the royal diet they appealed for a far simpler one,
consisting of vegetables and water. And, of course, you know the rest of the
story – Daniel and his friends followed their consciences and in the end proved
to be far superior in every way to all the other young men who had feasted on
the king’s food.
So when it
comes to making the right decisions it is far more than just dietary choice.
Daniel’s decision not to eat the king’s food was not just about eating
healthfully. He chose his vegetable diet because doing so would symbolise that
he was choosing to stand up for right rather than follow the group, choosing to
obey the King of Heaven rather than the king of Babylon.
Joshua said this about the most important choice we have to make when he
spoke to the Israelites.
Choose for yourselves this day
whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 NIV
So make sure that you are “kookaburra smart”, choosing to follow the plan and
purpose that God has for your life. Like diets, God’s plan for you is
individual and tailor-made. There is no one-size-fits all life plan. But
ultimately the best thing is to choose, like Daniel, that in every choice and
decision that you make today that ultimately you are choosing to follow and
serve the Lord.