THE DOWNY WOODPECKER

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By Randy Benedetto

 

Proverbs 12:18

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 

The Downy Woodpecker has a tongue several times longer than its bill. Starting at the tip of the tongue, going back into its throat, the tongue splits in two going around the neckbone. The tongue then continues around the back of the skull, over the top of its head, between its eyes, and fastens to the inside of its right nostril. Using bony barbs at its end and a strong saliva or glue, it secures and rakes in its dinner. God’s designs are amazing and prove His love and existence. 

The woodpecker’s tongue goes around its brain; maybe we should get our tongue around our brain before we speak.