leave no stone unturned
We have much to learn from the hardy Ruddy Turnstone, a sandpiper-like bird that winters on tropical shores of the Americas after flying non-stop from the Arctic tundra. These Rudy Turnstones, clothed in winter plumage, rest on a coral rock in South Florida.
Resourceful birds, Ruddy Turnstones were named for their unusual behavior of turning over stones, some as large as their own heads, with their strong beaks. They also flip sticks, seaweed, shells, leaves or whatever else might be hiding insects, small crustaceans, tern eggs, worms, small fish, carrion, or other edible goodies. They also use their beaks to dig in the sand to unearth bits of food. Creative foraging and a willingness to eat a versatile diet helps insure their survival. During breeding season, their diet changes to include insects such as grubs, spiders, flies, and beetles for maximum nutrition.
Life-long mates, both parents take an active part in parenting. The male initiates courtship by preparing a nest-like scrape for his bride. After mating, the female selects a nearby nesting spot, a scrape that she prepares and lines with leaves. Both parents-to-be incubate the eggs. After they hatch, the day-old chicks follow their father to find food. He vigorously protects his offspring until they are able to fly on their own. The Ruddy Turnstone’s successful lifestyle rewards them with a long life span averaging over nine years and reported to be as long as 19 years.
I couldn’t help but see elements of the Ruddy Turnstone’s makeup that have meaningful application for our lives today: endurance, persistence, flexibility, fidelity, responsibility, and dedication to family. Perhaps you can find more! I believe a return to these time-honored values will help to bring stability and security during these troubled times.
“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you. . .” (Job 12:7)