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Oil Your Duck Feathers!

Oil your duck feathers! What in the world is that supposed to mean? Good question.

Anyone who has stood on a lakeshore or on a boat dock where there were ducks has probably seen them oiling their feathers. I think they call that preening. They work diligently getting oil from their reservoir near their tail and carefully oil each feather. Their feathers then shine and look so clean, they sparkle.

Hurt Feelings

How often has a family member, wife, husband, teenaged, young adult child, or close friend said something that rubbed you the wrong way? Did you say something about it to your mother or dad, your colleague?

We don’t like for these things to happen to us. We don’t know what to do with them. Sometimes we feel hurt. Sometimes we feel angry. If the words came from someone really close to us, we have a hard time letting it go. That’s where the oil comes in.

In Psalm 133: 1-3, King David wrote about unity.

We don’t think much about unity do we?

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head.

Running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron.

Running down on the edge of his garments.

It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion;

For the Lord commanded the blessing—life forevermore.”

My “take away” from this is that the oil mentioned that was poured on Aaron ran down from his head to his feet. The dew of Hermon came down over the mountains of Zion and covered them. I think there is something in that for us to see regarding unity.

When we are carrying hurt feelings, anger which becomes resentment, we are walking in disunity with our brothers and sisters.

We Need an Oil Treatment!

We require an oil treatment! We have to have our “duck feathers oiled!” To do that, we will have to take a little time to have a talk with the “ONE” with the oil. To get that we have to ask God to forgive our hurt feelings and anger, then forgive our family member, friend or colleague. When we do that, He will pour out His oil of joy on our heads and we can be like that duck, shining with a smile on our face.

We can let the offense run off of us “like water off a duck’s back!” Sound familiar?

Take time to oil your “duck feathers!”

Suggested Application for couples:

  • Read Psalms 133 and discuss with your spouse
  • What practical way can you apply this to your relationship?
  • Ask forgiveness?
  • Say, “I guess I need to “oil” my duck feathers. My feathers are ruffled.”
  • Pray together and ask for God’s help to keep you unified.