07 Nov

So there I was, typing away on my laptop when I heard strange noises. I couldn’t tell where the sound was coming from, only that it involved my house.

I looked through the peephole in the front door, thinking someone was on my porch. No one was there. Then the noise seemed to emanate from the roof. What was it? I opened the living room curtains and looked at my backyard.


Vultures were on my lawn and swing set frame, warming their wings in the sun. They were even hopping on my roof, their talons clicking on the shingles.

I view vultures with disdain, but without them, who’d clean up the ghastly, putrid corpses of road kill? Buzzards remove diseased carrion. What would we do without these, and other, scavengers?

1 Corinthians 12:21-22 says, “And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.”

In proper context, these verses teach God’s people about spiritual gifts and unity. But the verses remind me that I should bestow more honor on the things I view as less honorable, because God created everything with a purpose. I can’t look down on the buzzard. He’s bringing God glory, completing the task for which he was created.

What about you? Is there anyone–or anything–you’ve held in contempt, when you could thank God for him instead?

Jericha Kingston


Posted by on November 7, 2014 in devotion, Jericha Kingston


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6 responses to “Gross!

  1. Pegg Thomas

    November 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

    At my age … vultures naturally make me nervous. I see them circling and I check my pulse. Just in case.

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  2. rpatchen

    November 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Pegg, you crack me up!

    Would bugs be in that category? I suppose I could be thankful to the ants for carting away the crumbs I hadn’t swiped yet. What good are the scorpions in my bathroom or the flies we battle all summer? The Lord knows and created them for a purpose. But He also created the flyswatter…it’s a quandary.

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    • Jericha Kingston (@JerichaKingston)

      November 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

      I know! I feel the same about mosquitos and sand gnats! Cicadas. Snakes. I could go on! There has to be a purpose for them, probably for rebuke and discipline.


  3. Kara (@KaraHunt2014)

    November 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Great post, Jericha! Great insight and reminder about “even the least of these”.

    Pegg, as usual, you have me laughing out loud!

    Robin, did you seriously say SCORPIONS in your bathroom?! Oh. My. Word.



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