And the Ducks Go By

  One of the songs which we used to sing at Bible Camp is entitled, “And the Ducks Go By.”  At first glance it may seem to be “just a fun camp song,” but I have been thinking about the words lately in light of all the crazy events in the world and have realized that there is a very biblical message in this song. Here are the words. See what you think.
            “And the ducks go by (quack, quack, quack, quack)–
            He made the birds
            He made the bees, all of the flowers and all of the trees.
            Don’t you see? He made you and me.
            (Chorus)… And the ducks go by (quack, quack, quack, quack)–
                            And things go up, and things go down,
                            And the world goes around, and around and around,
                            And God lives on.
            He’s for you, He’s for me
            He’s going to set His people free.
            Don’t you see?  He made you and me.
            (Chorus)…And the ducks go by (quack, quack, quack, quack)–
                            And things go up, and things go down,
                            And the world goes around, and around and around,
                            And God lives on.”
     As we observe the routine of nature with the changing seasons and the migrating ducks and geese flying overhead, we are reminded that God created everything from the ducks and geese to the bees, flowers and trees, and gave each  very special features with some amazing abilities, but more than that, He made you and me as the crown  of all His creation. Concerning this, the Psalmist wrote: “O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth, Who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens! …When I consider the heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the  moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained; What is  man that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man,  that Thou dost care for him? Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, and dost crown him with glory and majesty! Thou hast made him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet…O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth!” (Psa. 8:1-8). Later, the Psalmist wrote: “Know that the LORD Himself is God, it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Psa. 100:3). 
     And, the God who made us didn’t just wind us up and let us go on our own, forgetting all about us. The God who made us is also for us. The Apostle Paul wrote: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (RO. 8:31).
     Sometimes it may seem like God has forgotten all about His creation—and us—as we view the world scene of war, crime, turmoil, injustice, potential economic collapse, natural calamities, etc. We see things go up and down and the world going around and around…but we know that God lives on. He is the one constant, and He hasn’t lost control or changed His plans. Everything we observe is working toward the climax He has planned. He is not in heaven oblivious to what is going on, nor is He wringing His hands wondering what to do!  Through the prophet Isaiah, God reminds us: “Remember this, and be assured; recall it to mind, you transgressors. Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no  one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; Calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My purpose from a far country.  Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it” (Isa. 46:8-11).  The Psalmist wrote: “Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps” (Psa. 135:6). 
     When the Jews had been ruled by Bablyon for 70 years they began wondering if God had forgotten them or even cared about their plight. God spoke through Jeremiah, the prophet, saying: “ ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope’” (Jer. 29:11).  God was going to set them free.  It may seem to us, as it did to the Jews, that God has forgotten the world and us, but be assured, He hasn’t and His plans for us—His own—are for our good and we have hope for the future which nothing and no one can take from us. God has a plan and He is working His plan, and nothing and no one can thwart Him. So, be reminded as the ducks go by and things go up and down and the world goes around and around, that GOD LIVES ON!  And “The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation” (Psa. 33:11).
                Forever His,
                    Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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