Thankfully We Only Dress The Turkey --- Not Dignify It
For more than two weeks now the only semblance of an idea Iīve had for an article for the upcoming holiday was this one thought --- TURKEY. I assure you I will eventually foster an attitude of thankfulness by writing about this traditional heap of meat on your dinner plate. I promise you, before you finish reading the last paragraph you will be espousing, "Thank God, thank God, thank you God that this bird is on my plate and not adorning some official wall."
I realize that most people get excited about eating this delectable bird, but are not remotely interested in itīs nature, characteristics or history. Believe me, after I present my facts you WILL care. Trust me when I say that humanity was best served by having it stuffed, carved and served up on a platter because the respectability of this great nation and itīs global image could have been forever tarnished by this dopey bird. Let me explain.
You see, it must have been divine intervention that prevented the turkey from becoming the official emblem of the United States of America. I am serious. Benjamin Franklin vehemently opposed the bald eagle and instead wanted the turkey because it was a true and original native of America.
What could Ben have been thinking? No wonder God was hurling lightning bolts in his direction. A bird that is known to be nervous and scared and afraid of itīs own shadow almost became etched on the back of every gold coin, silver dollar and quarter in this country. Instead of the magnificent eagle, the turkey would have become the symbol of the most powerful nation on earth.
Even though both these creatures have wings and even though both have feathers plus two feet and a beak, the differences in behavior between the two are paramount. When the eagle is attacked by crows and other flocks of smaller birds which peck at itīs feet while it flies, this majestic bird simply spreads itīs wings and soars to an altitude that those crows canīt reach. It is there that it builds itīs nest, high above impending danger. It has been clocked flying horizontally at 137 miles per hour and on a downward sweep reaches 180. With a wing span between six and nine feet, it spends only 10% of itīs time flapping and 90% soaring. It wisely uses the wind currents of the impending storm to rise above the clouds with little or no effort. It was designed and created to rule the sky.
A turkey on the other hand bursts into flight only as a last resort. Itīs wings are only built for short flights rather than long distances. It can only take off into the air a few times before it becomes exhausted and incapable of flight. When caught in a storm it is too dumb to come in out of the rain and has been known to drown in a downpour.
Unlike the eagle who keeps itīs powerful claws sharp, using them as deadly weapons so it can immobilize itīs prey, the turkeyīs feet are made only for scratching in the dirt.
God likes to use symbolism. Providentially He chose the American bald eagle, a symbol of power and authority, to be exemplified on the Great Seal of the United States of America, representing a government that understands that with great authority comes great responsibility.
In itīs beak is a scroll on which is inscribed, E PLURIBUS UNUM; translated, īOut of Many, Oneī which is a clear reference to the thirteen colonies united into one nation under God. It communicates the original principles that gave birth to and sustain the United States and itīs people and all those who pledged their lives to protect itīs liberty and freedom.
In itīs right talon is an olive branch which probably inspired Thomas Jefferson who gallantly stated, "The founding principles are the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety. "
God has truly blessed this nation. He has crowned it with GLORY and HONOR. Let us be thankful.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com