Yep. She was an informational sponge from the start. A blooming animal expert beyond her years.
More recent displays of Reece’s knowledge have taken the form of a professional dietician, medical specialist, and animal trainer in one. It is not uncommon for us to hear sentences such as…”It can trigger Coccidiosis which affects the digestive system and can be fatal to chickens”…or …”She can’t have those because seeds have no dietary value for rabbits…basically just fatty junk”…I had so carelessly attempted to give our rabbit a…rabbit treat.
Last week, while visiting a zoo on vacation, we had a front row seat for an owl training session. When it came time for audience questions Reece was able to shoot out answers under her breath before the staff members could utter a word. Who knew owls have an air sac and hollow bones that help them to fly effortlessly? Who knew that a Muscovy was the name of that whispering duck walking toward us in the next display?
I don’t know if we should have named our daughter Jack Hanna or the Amazing Dr. Pol. I am sure the late Steve Irwin would have been impressed with her skills and her thirst for adventure.
One thing is for sure. It comes in handy having this 14 year old expert close by. What many would view as often random trivia has, more often than not, helped keep a hedgehog alive or made a sick chicken well. Her diagnoses and self collected veterinarian supplies in a cabinet upstairs have come to the rescue many times in our pet loving home.
Knowledge. It is impressive. It is necessary. But it only becomes useful when it is able to react. I would still be very proud of Reece and her knowledge if that was all it was. But I am astounded by and blessed by her even more since she is able to apply her knowledge.
In the same way, followers of Christ are called to gain knowledge. This is a good thing. Proverbs 18:15 says “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” But unless we apply it…
It is our duty and an expectation of all Christians. We can read scripture all day, but without reading it with our heart, we gain little. The Bible becomes nothing more to us than an ordinary book. It becomes an impractical collection of old manuscripts. That’s why Paul says, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” Philippians 4:9.
When we apply our knowledge, God Himself will be with us. When we become doers of the Word and not just hearers, we will be blessed in what we do (James 1:22-25).
We can memorize, quote, and spout out chapter and verse all we want. This only proves what impressive memories we have. Remember what Matthew 7:21 warns us about. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Pretty alarming, huh?
We roll our eyes at politicians who attempt to woo us with words. We become fed up with the so called “system” and complain about empty promises. But let us evaluate us. Be careful lest we find ourselves lumped in the same category as those about whom we complain.
Are we wooing ourselves thinking we are walking the walk because we can talk the talk? Christ requires his followers to wear comfortable shoes because no amount of head knowledge will be able to walk us through life. There are mountains to climb and they require a prepared heart that has soaked up the Word of God as much as our minds have soaked it up.
Keep on reading. Keep on memorizing. This is necessary. But go somewhere with it. Use it. Apply it. Live it! And know how to protect your chickens’ combs and wattles in the winter!