We’ve all heard the rooster crow, but what now?

by Kevin on October 14, 2010

When my wife used to live on a ranch before she was so lucky to have met me, she got some ducks for Easter. She was so proud of these little ducks. She would go out every day and feed these little ducklings. If you knew my wife you could picture this little scene. She would be speaking very sweet to the little ducks and telling them how cute they were. She was very, very proud of these little quackers.

She also had some chickens. Now grown chickens aren’t nearly as cute as little ducklings. My wife doesn’t like anything that is grown. She wants everything to stay young, sweet, and innocent. Unfortunately things don’t work out that way. I wish they would.

She went out one day to find that tragedy had happened. The chickens had pecked the little ducklings to death. My wife stood out in the middle of the yard, imploring the chickens with this emotional question, “Why, why, why would you do this????!!!!”

To this very day, every time we see a chicken she will ask that question. She will never get over the loss of the little ducklings. Every Easter she wants to get more ducklings, but I try to explain to her that black mouth cur dogs would eat those ducks in about 16 seconds.

It’s a game we play every Easter. She tries to talk me into the buying the ducks, I try to explain to her that it is just a death sentence.

Those chickens serve as a reminder of a bad time in her life. Simple as ducks may sound, she really loved them and the pain she felt was very real. Now she can look back and know that the pain will go away but the memory remains. There was a man in Jesus’ life named Peter that was probably not very fond of chickens. This chicken was a rooster and it served as a reminder of how he had denied Jesus three times.

John 18:25-27

25As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, “You are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not.” 26One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the olive grove?” 27Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

We have all denied Jesus at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s by saying things that we shouldn’t. Maybe it’s by watching things that are not pleasing to God. Maybe it’s as simple as allowing someone to tell you a nasty joke and laughing at it. Before your rooster crows today, stick up for your Lord. He was stuck up on a cross for you.

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  • Don Coyote

    You know, Kevin, every time I read or hear that passage about Peter, I kinda look at it from the reverse side. What I mean is this, he only denied Jesus 3 times, compared to how many for myself?

    I think he was kinda blessed with only just those 3 denials.

    And by the way, I ain’t too fond of chickens myself—wife has got a few runnin’ around the yard at the big house and sez her goal is an even hundred. Lord hep me.

    • Kevin

      I think your right Don. This passage speaks of the reality of our lives and how we all have denied Christ, but also that although we deny him, he never denied us or his reason for coming down from God. It’s an uplifting story of redemption after failure that we all will face.

  • See I think of Peter as a man who went back on his word to Jesus when he said “I’ll be with you always, even unto death.” or something like that. The thing about Peter was that even though he had a moment of weakness and went back on his promise, his faith was still able to pull him through. It’s as if a man is not as good as his word so much as he is as good as his faith.

    • PS – not so fond of chickens either, but then again that’s because I’m allergic to them. Yep that’s right. I get so violently ill when I eat chicken that I make THE EXORCIST look like a kids movie.

      • Kevin

        That stinks!! Chicken Fried Chicken (maybe that’s a southern recipe) is one of my favorites.

    • Kevin

      That’s why I am so glad that God looks at our hearts instead of our words or our actions.

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  • Don Coyote

    I’m fixin’ to get allergic, between all the fish and chicken we eat I don’t know if my feathers are getting ready to poke thru the scales or the scales are getting ready to cover up the feathers.

    My wife is old fashioned, she says the beef’s fer sellin’ not eatin’.

    I’m ’bout ready to rustle one of my own steers.

    • Kevin

      I am one of the few people in the world that doesn’t really care for steak. On one of the ranches I worked on for a long time, they furnished all the beef. It was all in the form of steaks. We ate steak about 23 days a week. There were times I would have killed for a piece of fish or chicken.

      • Don Coyote

        Problem here is that my wife is really backwoods, grew up dirt poor and couldn’t afford beef or pork, and ain’t forgot it to this day. Even now we only butcher and eat pork at Christmas.

        So, come on down, you can have my share of fish ‘n feathers. And bring a steak or 80 with ya!

        • Kevin

          I talked with a missionary from South America and he told me the same thing. Eatin’ beef is like eating a $100 bill. I’ll bring some good old Texas beef when I come!!

          • Don Coyote

            Argentina being the exception.

            ‘Preciate the beef.

  • What a great reminder. Each of us have many opportunities to be counted with Jesus or to deny Him every day. I pray that today I will find the courage to be counted with Him.

    As you say, it can be very subtle. It doesn’t have to be an in your face moment. It is the subtle ways that lead to big compromise later.

    • Kinda like that…Casting Crowns song (I think it’s Casting Crowns) called Slow Fade.

      It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
      It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
      Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
      When you give yourself away
      People never crumble in a day
      It’s a slow fade,

    • Kevin

      It is in the subtlety that many of our greatest moments are realized. The reverse of that is also true.

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