As I write, the crows on the stony shore in front of my kitchen window make fascinating viewing. One crow carefully selects a mussel from the rocks andtries to break into its hard shell. When that doesn’t work, he will take it in hisbeak and fly upwards, dropping the mussel from a height, and swooping down to see if it has cracked. Higher and higher he goes, time after time, until the shell fractures, and he is able to get the soft tasty shell fish inside.
He is not on his own, for crows gather beneath him watching each time for the result of the impact as the mussel hits the stone. But they are not solely observers. They are opportunists; and they will jump in quickly to gain from the other’s work to break open the shell. There is seldom a fight over division of labour. It is just accepted behaviour. Could it be that I am observing a school for crows, where the older ones are teaching some of their amazing skills?
To enjoy an abundant life we all need someone to learn from someone.
The Psalmist said:
‘Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long’. (Ps 25: 4,5 NIV)
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mt 11:29 NIV)