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Royal Wings of A Pauper


The Anhinga

This magnificent bird is called an Anhinga. The photograph was taken by my alumni friend John Randolph Harrison from Hilton Head Plantation in Hilton Head, SC.

Anhinga is known as snake birds. They swim with their head above water until they dive. They actually spear fish with their long beaks. Anhinga has a body length of about 33″ with  a wingspan of 46 inches and a body mass of about 48 ounces.

Their wings get waterlogged which is different from ducks so they have to dry them out before hitting the water which is evident here.  The bird will stay in this position for long periods of time to make sure his wings are dry. Their take off requires this because they have difficulty getting off the water. They must flap their wings vigorously to pursue a flight.

On the upside these huge birds have the ability to dive easily to search for prey and can stay under water for long periods of time.  Their meals consist of fish and amphibians.  These birds live in warmer areas and migrate toward the equator. The Anhinga is protected under the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. There are plenty of them so they are not endangered.

John posted this on his Facebook profile page. Once done, he had quite a few comments about this very unusual creature. Descriptions like, “he looks sort of royal,” or “Indian Chief.”  One admirer named him “King of the Hill.”

He is quite an impressive bird. The kind you take a second long-lasting glance at. His stately stance in this photograph is not at all what he thinks it is. This is a natural progression for his survival. He must do this to be able to catch his dinner.

As the Anhinga stretches his long wingspan to dry his feathers; my first thought when I saw this photograph was how majestic he looked. He must be a real “King of the Hill” to be able to flaunt himself in such a powerful position.  Who wouldn’t be impressed? What walking or breathing creature would not stop to view such a picture of royalty? Who would have thought the Anhinga must remain in this position until his feathers dried before taking flight to live another day?

I see a connection to our beloved Christ here. Before Jesus was born there were rumors of a Messiah coming; the people believed he would come in the form of a King or a Royal Priest.  Instead he was a baby born in a manger of hay, cattle and sheep. Once on earth, many felt deceived. He was not what they expected. Joseph, his earthly father was a carpenter and his mother, Mary was a quiet, young unsuspecting woman of God. Neither had any money or lived in a palace.

Just as the Anhinga performs what looks to be a royal stretch, does not make him “king of the birds.”

So it is with Jesus. Just because he wears the clothes of a pauper does not make him a pauper. God says it makes him “The King.”

Matthew 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.


16 thoughts on “Royal Wings of A Pauper

  1. Hey Girl,

    Like the new look. I love the post. Go and watch Cinhosa’s video, it made me cry. This is the time to reflect on the birth of our Lord. A King who was “born in a manger.” “Who there was no splendor about Him at all.” Our Lord. Our Jesus. Great post and thanks for giving it to us. God Bless, SR

  2. Beautiful post! Love the bird!
    God Bless You!

  3. Took off for Thanksgiving to be with “hubby.” As you were this weekend he is now gone. So it is Jesus and I again. Take care and God Bless, SR

  4. “…Neither had any money…”

    Joseph would have been considered a businessman in that time period because he was a carpenter. That’s why he could easily move from Nazareth to Bethlehem to Egypt and back to Nazareth again. He took his money-making tools along with him. He had a house in Nazareth and one in Bethlehem. So, was he poor? Probably not; he was most likely a part of what we nowadays call the middle-class.

    “…Just because he wears the clothes of a pauper does not make him a pauper…”

    Was Jesus poor? Probably not. He had been trained as a carpenter and a businessman by his father, Joseph. He had a house and would probably have been considered to be a part of the middle-class also.

  5. Larry Who,

    You made good points but I am sorry I have to agree with Naphtali on this one. It is true Jesus did have a “trade” which St. Joseph taught to Him. However we see in Luke 2:24 that Mary and Joseph offered sacrifice of either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. This sacrifice was offered by the “poor.” It was given to Israel back in the OT for the poor to offer.

    I am sure they had enough to get by, but during the ministry of Christ he stated, “He had no where to lay His head.” This tells me He was very poor and at that time, had nothing. (If someone wants to look up that Scripture please do so)

    I think Jesus had to suffer poverty as Jesus had to suffer all things, regarding mankind.

    Good comment though, and I am not saying you have to agree with me. Just wanted to point a few things out. God Bless, SR

  6. Although I may not totally agree with you, you made some good points.

    I never said Jesus was rich, but rather that He would have been considered as a member of the middle class. The rich did not have to work and the extremely poor usually could not work because of illness or health reasons.

    Jesus as a good Jewish boy and the head of His family would have made sure His mother and His siblings would have had a house to live in while He was on the road, teaching and preaching. Mark 2:1 lends one to believe it was His house.

    Luke 9:58 “…but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” This scripture does not refer to Jesus’ poverty, but instead to His ministry. He was on the road at the time.

    Luke 2:24 does show that Joseph and Mary did not have the money to pay for a lamb, but they did not resort to what an extremely poor person would have given – just flour. There lack may have been because they just paid taxes and their travel costs.

    Jesus experienced poverty, just leaving heaven. He then suffered poverty for us on the cross. But nowhere do we see Him acting like a pauper or a beggar while He was on earth.

    I enjoyed studying about the pigeons and turtledoves. Thanks.

  7. And I will leave it at this. You have given your view and I mine, and a very good view yours was indeed. However, I would like to point something out to you regarding “siblings.” Naphtali, you do not have to approve this as it has nothing to do with this post.

    In the Greek there was no word for friend, cousins, step-brothers/sisters, they called everyone “brother/sister.”

    As far as a sibling goes, I had to ask myself, “Where were they at the foot of the Cross?” Mary was given to John by Jesus. In Israel the “mother” without a husband, would have gone to the next surviving son. It would have been sacrilegious almost for Mary to have been given to John, as he was not a blood relative of Jesus. Jesus was a Jew and followed all Jewish customs and beliefs.

    Also in the appearance to Mary Magdalene, John 20-17 Jesus told her, “To go and tell his “brothers.” We see however where Mary went, was to the disciples. So Jesus was not speaking here of any “siblings.”

    Also in Acts 1:15 We see where “Peter stood up in the midst of the “brothers.” There were “one hundred and twenty.” Now we know Peter did not have one hundred and twenty “brothers.” This of course if referring to the “Body of Believers.”

    So every time we see the word “brother” in the Bible does not refer to a blood relative of any kind.

    Again, good views you brought up. If you would like to discuss this any further in fairness to Naphtali, you are more than welcome to do so on my laugh and cry blog. My Catholic Happiness blog is for teaching purposes only. However I cannot remember the address to laugh and cry blog:) but you can get to it by going to http://bornofwaterandspirit.wordpress.com
    Click on other blog address and post on any post and I will answer. God Bless, SR

  8. I know. I was just thanking you for allowing us to have a discussion. Maybe, as my wife tells me often, I should have offered a little more background along with my statement.

  9. Naphtali,

    I thank you as well for allowing this discussion. I often like all of Larry’s responses. I feel he offers great insight to many things. Great post just does that to us who love to comment on great blogs. Your blog post bring out many things in all of us. God Bless, SR

  10. Hi Naphtali yes indeed Jesus is King …King of Kings and Lord of Lords… I really enjoyed your message ..Our God is an Awesome God and His creation is awesome, thank you for highlighting this Truth so well … Jesus’ outer garment was a man with all it’s limitations but He was conceived by The Holy Spirit, within He was God, as part of The Trinity or as Thy are called in the Scriptures The Godhead.

    As my friend in the Lord and Sister, I would like to offer you personally The King of Kings Friendship Award…feel free to accept it or not, I know you clicked the like button as did a few others and I really appreciated your acceptance of my idea to uplift who we are in The Lord as the Body of Christ but I just wanted to make it more personal as I will do with the others who clicked like… we are one, we are family.

    Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/the-king-of-kings-friendship-award

    Christian Love Anne.

    • Dear Anne, I am honored! I have just had a cup of coffee with Cinnamon Vanilla Cream in it and read your response. What a great way to start my day! I reverently accept this award in the hopes that my words will reach those in need of a closer relationship with God or for those who have never met him. I am truly humbled and this was not something I expected at all. Thank you so much! God bless you dear!

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