• Jenny Lynn Keller

What a Hoot


A Great Horned Owl is a big bird. How do I know? The owl’s wingspan filled the view through our windshield as it swooped toward the car. My husband stomped on the brakes as we came face to face with the bird responsible for some of the nightly hooting outside our house. Some, but not all, because I’m convinced our woods are home to a pair of Great Horned Owls. We hear a deep hoot coming from one direction and a softer reply from another one. A little research tells me we saw the female owl—always larger than males, with a softer hoot, and weighing close to four pounds. After she landed on a nearby tree branch, her entire head swiveled around to watch us as we stared at the magnificent bird. No wonder area rabbits and chipmunks scurry under bushes and squirrels stay in the trees. That lady is big enough to carry off a carry-on bag. As an added deadly feature, the owl’s feathers are different than other birds and make its flight nearly soundless, a convenient feature when skunk is a frequent meal. What a hoot, huh?


A bigger hoot is how God created and designed every creature to be equipped for its purpose. Revelation 4:11 says, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” All of us have a purpose in life, even skunks.


What’s one of your favorite meals? I’m certain it’s not skunk.

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