I was watching a ladybug today.  We’ve been invaded by ladybugs (on the outside of the house – only one inside).  He (or she – it’s so hard to tell) trundled along the outside of the window, zooming along fairly well for being on glass, and then decided to fly away.  This after crawling for a foot or more – easily fifty body lengths.

So I started thinking about free will, and the picture that living things have – their mental view of the universe, as it were.  That may be as simple as “run away” all the way up to holding funeral services.  See this.

Dr Marc Bekoff observed four magpies alongside a fallen comrade, and recounted: “One approached the corpse, gently pecked at it, just as an elephant would nose the carcass of another elephant, and stepped back. Another magpie did the same thing.”

“Next, one of the magpies flew off, brought back some grass and laid it by the corpse. Another magpie did the same. Then all four stood vigil for a few seconds and one by one flew off.”

Is it real (meaning “did they hold a funeral service”)?  Don’t know.  Is it interesting? Definitely.

God has created many interesting things that we don’t know anything about.  Isaiah 55:9 says

As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

And so what?  What if birds hold funeral services, and ladybugs do have free will?

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48b)

And do you have more brains than a ladybug?  More moral character than a bird?

At the end of time, do you want to hear “Well done, faithful servant!”, or do you want to hear “Buzz off, bird-brain!”?  It’s your choice.  And mine.

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