A mother duck floated downstream with her dozen babies when they approached rapids. The swollen yet calm river suddenly became so dangerous that even a human could drown in its raging current. Mother duck managed to herd her brood onto a rock. Chirping feathered puffballs—so tiny that all 12 could have fit inside a supermarket egg container—huddled around their mother. She desperately circled atop their drenched perch, looking for a path of escape.
There’s no way they’ll all survive this situation, I thought. Certainly some ducklings would be swept away to drown.
I dared not risk my own death attempting to save them, and there was no time to phone animal control. I could only watch as the courageous mother plunged into a foaming nook between logs and summoned her chicks to follow. One by one they jumped off the rock, and she guided them to another rock closer to shore. Step by step they migrated from one mossy rock to the next, defying the treacherous current.
I watched in fascinated admiration. Maybe they all will make it!
Suddenly a new crisis arose. A large black bird swooped low to menace the helpless brood. Mother duck rose to the challenge by quacking furiously at the predator, scaring it away.
One last rock remained before she finally shepherded her little ones to shore. Drenched but safe, all survived! I counted 12 little ducklings scrambling up the sloping riverbank beside their courageous savior.
I found myself clapping and cheering as mother duck marched victoriously forward with her brood. She had not abandoned them in their crisis to save herself. She could have stretched her strong wings and flown herself to safety, above the deadly current. But mother’s love is not like that.
Just like God’s love. “Fear not,” He says, “for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:1 – 2/NKJV).
Maternal love is a gift of God that we celebrate on Mother’s Day. Grateful humans of all ages say thank you to mothers who bring us into the world and nurture us sacrificially through life’s dangerous rapids.
The mother duck who became my hero had nobody and no resources to help her, but human mothers shouldn’t have to struggle alone. There is no duty more sacred for any church than to support the mothers among its members.
Here at Faithlife, we take seriously our responsibility to mothers. We are broadening our line of digital products and services to benefit women of all ages. Logos SDA offers several such resources, among them Women in the Shadows, featuring the inspiring testimony and enlightening research of Renee McKee, a pastor’s wife. Click here to learn more about this pre-publication special, which you can preorder now at discount.
Another resource, downloadable immediately, is Lifting Up Jesus (in Spanish, Exaltando a Jesús), a series of 30 study guides from Pastor Karen Lewis. Actually, it’s popular among men as well! Many spiritual seekers have requested baptism after journeying through it week by week, and veteran Adventists have rediscovered Jesus in our doctrines as Karen presents them.
Happy Mother’s Day from Faithlife SDA!