Head in the Sand?


ostrich Pictures, Images and Photos

Ostrich. What’s your first image? Heads in the sand? That's mine. Turns out, on further investigation, that I'm wrong. Reliable internet sources say it's not true. From Wikipedia:

"When lying down and hiding from predators, the birds lay their heads
and necks flat on the ground, making them appear as a mound of earth
from a distance. This even works for the males, as they hold their
wings and tail low so that the heat haze of the hot, dry air that often
occurs in their habitat aids in making them appear as a nondescript
dark lump. Contrary to popular belief, Ostriches do not bury their
heads in sand." 

So what's the deal with this photo that I got from Photobucket? Photoshopped? Looks like it. Man, ya got to check out everything these days. Who's telling the truth? What's really going on? 

Information flashes around the world practically at the speed of light in fiber-optic cables. But wisdom takes time. Time to accumulate in our hearts. Time to think through the data accumulating in our browsers. A photo, a saying, a bit of information might reflect reality, or it might not. How do we know what's solid enough to stand on?

Authority used to be a respected arbiter of truth. The authority of the
Catholic Church. The authority of teachers. The authority of the government.
The authority of information handed down from generation to generation.
Such as, "ostriches bury their heads in the sand." We’ve
lost faith in many authorities. And yet, we all count on those who, we believe,
know more than we do.

I'm changing my mind today. I'm gonna go with the authority
of Ostrich.com and Wikipedia.  I'm taking
my head out of the sand. Any “truth” you need to reconsider?


Father, thanks for being real and solid and the final authority. May your kingdom of wisdom come, in our lives, today.

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