The Pelican

Genesis 1: 21 “So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”

Pelicans are magnificent birds and are made by our Creator with a bill-tip for catching large fish.  When catching this size fish, the pelican will toss it up in the air and slid it into his gullet head-first.  Schools of fish are caught at once as the bird scoops them up into its large throat pouch.  Before swallowing the fish, the throat pouch is drained of water.

Pelicans are large water birds with wing spans of up to 6-12 feet and can live to be 15-25 years old.  They can soar to heights of 10,000 ft. and fly long distances of up to 94 miles. 

In medieval times, the pelican was thought to be particularly attentive to her young to the point of providing her own blood by wounding its breast when no other food was available.  The legends of self-wounding and the provision of blood may have developed because of the stabbing motion on the bird’s chest with its bill.  This, however, is not to feed its young with blood but to fully empty its pouch of water.

Because of the idea of the drawing of blood of pelicans, early Christians sometimes saw the pelican as a symbol of the Passion of Jesus and His shedding of blood on the cross. Jewelry, statues and other ornaments often carried the symbol of the pelican.  Queen Elizabeth I worn a pelican pin in many of her portraits and on official state business.

Even though there are many different kinds of birds, God created each species to perform in different ways.  God created the pelican to be different from a heron. He created each one and equipped it with unique abilities in their physical appearance and their manner in order to perform designated tasks such as eating, flying, etc.

God created you and me in the same way.  He gave us eyes to see His glory and the beauty of His world.  God created your ears to hear the cries of a baby and the ability to determine whether it is a cry of hunger, illness, or just one for attention.  God created your mouth to sing, to speak, to kiss the face of a child, and to proclaim the name of Jesus.  He gave you a heart to know Him and love Him. He knows your name. He desires your worship.

God created each of us uniquely different for the specific purpose He intended. He wants to use you and me according to His plan..a life lived to bring glory and honor to God’s Son Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 29: 11“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Sandra Hardage