The Smooth-billed Ani – The Corporates… ~ by a j mithra
The Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) is a large near passerine bird in the cuckoo family. It is a resident breeding species from southern Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, parts of Central America, south to western Ecuador, Brazil, and northern Argentina. This ani is found in open and semi-open country and areas under cultivation.
The Smooth-billed Ani is about 33 cm (13 in) long and weighs 95 g (3.4 oz). The adult is mainly flat black, with a long tail, deep ridged black bill and a brown iris. The flight is weak and wobbly, but the bird runs well and usually feeds on the ground. This bird’s flight maybe weak, but, God had created it to run well..
- You may not be able to do what other can do…
- At the same time, you have realize that you too can do something what the other can’t do..
- God had not created anyone like you.. You are unique..
- David did not know how to use a sword, but still, God gave him victory over the giant,
- with what he had..
You may have very little to offer, but, remember that, you have an awesome God..
Go with what little you have, cos, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you…
All things are possible with God…
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
This is a very gregarious species, always found in noisy groups. Smooth-billed Ani is often seen in pairs or in small groups. They climb and flutter in bushes, hop on the ground with loosely cocked tail. When they roost together during cold nights, they perform mutual preening during long moments.
One member of a Smooth-billed Ani group often sits on a high perch and watches for danger while the rest forage. These birds know the importance togetherness..
- Did not the Bible ask us to be in peace with one another?
- Did not the Bible advocate brotherhood?
Look at these birds, they take time to preen one another and take turns to watch out for danger..
We say that the churches are the body of Christ…
- Does one church care for another?
- Does the church practice what it preaches?
We are the church, who needs to change our attitude and care for our fellow being…
Unless churches unite together as one, it would be hard to defeat satan..
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4 :9-12
The nest of the Smooth-billed Ani is built communally by several pairs. Eggs are laid by several females, deposited in layers separated by leaves or grass. Several Smooth-billed Ani females typically lay eggs and incubate in the same nest. Late-laying females bury the eggs of early-laying females with twigs and leaves, which can create a number of layers of eggs; only the top layer eventually hatches. As many as 36 eggs may be found in a single nest.
This bird species is a classic example of corporate living… Communal nest building, communal incubation, communal feeding, communal preening and communal territorial guarding is not seen among many species..
- We as church have so much differences in faith, worship, teaching and so on..
- Corporate worship and corporate prayer has brought victories to the early church…
- We say that we are the church but, are we as powerful as the early church?
- It’s time to switch on the search lights to see where we went wrong…
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalm 133
Have a blessed day!
Your’s in YESHUA, a j mithra
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