The Surrendered Anhinga – by A J Mithra
The Indians who live near the Amazon River in South America call it “Anhinga.” In North America it is called “water turkey,” “snake darter,” or “darter.” This strange bird goes by several names. It has a long tail that accounts for its nickname, “water turkey.”
The Anhinga swims with only its head above the water While swimming, the long neck and the head may be above the surface with its body below and this has resulted in another nickname, “snake bird.”
Some Anhingas live in Asia, in Africa and in Australia and in America, from southern Arkansas to Argentina and they are quite common in Florida.
People may call you by your first name, last name, surname or even nicknames, but,JESUS not only calls you by your name but gives you a new name too…
As long as Jacob was Jacob, he was a wanderer, but, GOD gave him a new name, Israel, only after Jacob accepted that he is a fraud..
After which, Israel was no more a wanderer, but the most powerful nation on the face of the earth…
GOD gives us a new name only when we repent…
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (Revelation 2:17)
It finds its food in the water. It eats insects, frog eggs, fish and even small alligators. It spears fish with its long beak, so, sometimes it has to swim to shore and pry the fish off its beak by rubbing on a rock or tree limb.
Mating pairs are monogamous. Anhingas have been seen performing rituals when changing egg incubation duties they intertwine necks and pass nesting material when changing positions.
The Anhinga is frequently seen soaring high in the sky overhead. It is a graceful flier and can travel long distances without flapping its wings, much in the manner of a Turkey Vulture.
Among birds, the Anhinga is the best fresh-water diver. It goes down quietly and hardly makes a ripple. Unlike like other birds who spend most of their days in water (like a duck), an Anhinga’s feathers are not waterproof. But, this weakness allows the Anhinga to dive deeper than birds with waterproof feathers. But, it also has it downfalls.
When an Anhinga swoops down into a body of water to capture its food, its feathers quickly become water-logged. When an Anhinga is water-logged, it is unable to fly. Thus the Anhinga must dry itself off by holding its wings outstretched, allowing the sun to dry the feathers….
This bird is a good example of “I CAN DO ALL THINGS WITH GOD”
They are not water proof , yet they dive very deep..
They cannot fly when they are water-logged, but, they look up to the sun, to dry themselves, so that they may soar high and fly long distances…
You may not be quality proof, but still, you can fly high and dive deep…
People may consider you as useless but GOD sees you as “USED LESS”
Whom are you looking for help?
If you are one among those who try to do things with their own strength, its time to look at these birds for awhile before you proceed further in life…
When they spread their wings to dry them, these birds seem to say, LORD I have nothing and I need You, to go down deep into the Living Waters and to lift me high, so that I may fly like an Eagle…
Take away all that is unwanted in me Lord and make me dry, so that,I may say,
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to thee my blessed Savior,
I surrender all…
Have a Crucified day with GOD!
Your’s in YESHUA,
A J Mithra
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Anhingas are in the Anhingidae Family of the Pelecaniformes Order.
A J, nice article and, yes, the Anhingas are a daily occurance here in Florida, by the water.
What a surprise, no water-proof feathers yet he swims. It just show us that although are mere flesh is weak our spirit can soar ever when water-logged with tears.
Thank you Ervin for stepping to encourage us.
GOD bless you
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