Thur., Mar. 3/22
The birth of a baby giraffe is most traumatic. After falling some 6 to 8 feet from the mothers womb the 200 lb newborn may rest up to an hour. Mom giraffe nudges and kisses it, then, when she deems the time is right, she kicks it forcefully.* Shocked, the newborn giraffe struggles to stand but mom kicks it again! Again and again the offspring strains to its feet. Finally the ordeal ends and household harmony is restored.
The mom giraffe does this to strengthen her calf’s legs. She knows how essential the skill to get up quickly, and the strength to run strongly are to giraffe survival.
Many times since stepping down from church ministry I have been tempted to jump in, to give a point of support to our temporary team, or to initiate some overlooked action. But immediately the Spirit prevented me. “No,” He said, “they must learn it themselves… they must strengthen.” These have been difficult moments, but God has proven faithful.
When challenging moments and lessons from the Lord confront us we are told “strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees” (Heb. 12:12). Do not doubt God’s love. Though we may not understand in the moment, it is for our good that He causes or allows such adversities. Get up… get up again… then again. With the insight the Lord gave him Habbakuk writes, “…He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” (Hab. 3:19). Sometimes that process requires we take some knocks. When it does our best strategy is to simply get up… as many times as required.
*A giraffe’s kick can kill a lion!
P.S. A giraffe’s heart weights 25 lbs! This is needed to pump blood up 8’ neck with a pressure that would rupture the blood vessels of other animals. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Ps. 73:26)