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At the local high school where I work, I was asked to visit the Zoology class. The teacher had invited a Zookeeper to the school that day to teach her class about rescued animals. There was this one animal that caught my attention. His name was Hitch.

Hitch was a crow that was raised by humans. Hitch was rescued in a park because it was landing on people's heads, and the Zookeeper believed that Hitch was looking for food. They believed that Hitch got separated from its original owners and was landing on people's heads in the park, thinking they were its humans or parents. The reason Hitch was doing this - landing on people’s heads, looking for food - was that it had Imprinted itself to a human.

Imprinting is a form of learning in which an animal gains its sense of identification. Birds do not automatically know what they are when they are hatched. They visually imprint on their parents during a critical period of development. The Zookeeper said that a bird who Imprinted itself to a human, connects getting his food from humans. So, Hitch was landing on people in the park, looking for food because it had Imprinted itself to a human growing up. Hitch couldn’t stay in the wild because it was domestic, and if it kept landing on people in the park, it might have flown into the wrong person and got killed.

So now Hitch lives at “Freedom Ranch.” This organization rescues animals and use them to educate people on the importance of protecting the different animals in the wild. Hitch was an amazing bird, it was taught to talk and recognize colors. It could say words like “hello” and “hi.”

The Zookeeper believed that Hitch learned the words while being raised by humans. Over the years, Hitch was taught how to recognize colors. The Zookeeper said that Crows are very intellect birds, and they are known to make tools to gather food and have the ability to recognize humans.

As I was watching Hitch speak and identify colors, I was amazed. Then an idea came to my mind. Hitch was the perfect picture of a relationship with Christ.

In Ephesians, Paul says, “...put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are Imprinted with the Holy Spirit. God creates a new self within us, creating us to be like Him with His righteousness and holiness. We gain a new sense of identity in Christ. Just like Hitch was Imprinted to humans and now associate life with them, we are Imprinted to Jesus Christ and now associate life with Him. The life that we receive from Christ is Eternal and the Holy Spirit that we are Imprinted with guides us.


We Can Find Wisdom From a Crow Named Hitch…..

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