In the Great Rift Valley in East Africa are a series of soda lakes, containing caustic concentrations of sodium carbonate. There is only one bird that survives in this uninhabitable location–the Lesser flamingo. How? They have a unique filtering system. When their bills are held upside down in the water, they strain out the salty water while keeping food for sustenance. For their drinking water, they fly to freshwater lakes, but they breed and feed on Lake Natron in Tanzania because their nests are protected by would-be predators who find it impossible to adapt to the environment.
The flamingo makes the choice of filtering food at one location but drinking from another. And, so must we. We must choose to filter out the caustic choices and drink from the Living Water.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.