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GOD’S WORD FOR AUGUST 4 ~ ~ Psalm 40:5~ ~ “Many, Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; There is no one to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.”

Though God created the entire living kingdom in only a few days, the variety and creativity of what He made seems nearly unlimited by our standards. One of the more unusual creatures He made was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1958.

The kakapo parrot lives in New Zealand. The most unusual parrot on Earth, it is one of only a few known parrots that prefers to sleep during the day and becomes active at night. Weighing in at five pounds, it is also the world’s heaviest parrot. It is, perhaps not surprisingly, the world’s only non-flying parrot!!

Besides that, there are other unusual things about the kakapo. Their mating habits are especially peculiar for birds. In mating season, the males gather in locations that are used year after year for mate selection. Female parrots come to these places to inspect the males to select a mate. However, the males provide absolutely no help building the nest or rearing the young, which is highly unusual for birds in general, and parrots in particular.

The kakapo is remarkable because of its many strange traits, most of which would make it least fit for survival. In other words, not only is it an unusual creature, but its more unusual characteristics seem to put it at a disadvantage as far as evolution is concerned. So while evolution would not have made the kakapo, our inventive Creator did, perhaps as a witness against evolution.

He also made many of us in the same way. Each of us is an individual, as the kakapo subspecies is an individual within the parrot species. We each have unique strong points, weak points, problems, and capabilities to love and trust. He knows each of us infinitely better than we know ourselves. He knows our hearts when no human does, no matter how close to us they are.

Only Jesus can help us in our endeavors, soothe us in our pain and agitation, give us peace in trials, and fulfill all the promises of His Word. It’s OK to be different, especially when we’re clinging to Our Lord to get through this world with joy, and live with Him for eternity!

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