How Do Ducks Stay Afloat?

We know ducks and geese float. We see them on streams, rivers and lakes. But how do they stay afloat when other birds, like the Magnificent Frigatebird, would sink on water?

Ruddy duck pair (Oxyura jamaicensis)

Ruddy duck pair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ducks and geese have a special gland that produces oil. As a duck preens, oil spreads over its feathers. The oil coating makes the feathers waterproof. In addition, the oiled feathers trap air making it float. So how does it dive? It empties its lungs (air sacs) before it dives for food. When it comes back to the surface, it breathes, filling its lungs with air.

When we trust in God, we are anointed in much the same way. His anointing not only covers our sins, it keeps us from drowning in fear or trouble. But like ducks, we must preen ourselves by studying his Word, keeping His truths, sharing His ways and praying continuously.

“…You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5

“Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head.” Exodus 29:7

“The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed.” 1 Samuel 26:22-24

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Luke 14:17-19

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” 1 John 2:19-21

Ruddy Duck identification




  1. great analogy- preening by studying His Word. That is an unction.

  2. Another analogy: When we exhale the “Holy Spirit” from our life, we will find ourself “sinking”.

    1. Excellent analogy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Gail, I love this post. God makes His ways know to us through His creation, so that we are without excuse. Thanks for your diligence to proclaim His truths and His love.


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