A dreamer asked, "What does it mean to dream about baby ducks? They were following me and I was trying to keep them out of trouble."
To dream of a baby duck (or perhaps any baby bird) might indicate you feel responsible for someone's spiritual, emotional or physical well being. A group of ducklings could represent a group of people, perhaps a class you teach or a group you lead, or even your own children or siblings.
Baby birds of any kind are extremely fragile and dependent on their mothers to care for them. Soon after hatching, ducklings take an active role insuring their well being by "imprinting" (or strongly bonding with) the first creature they see, or a prominent caregiver, and follow that creature anywhere. Hopefully, this will be their real mother, but sometimes it is a human or another animal in their environment.
The image of a row of ducklings following their mother around is so adorable; but, imagine the strong sense of responsibility you might feel if a duckling accidentally decided you were its mom. You would have to commit to total care of this tiny, fragile creature or it would die.
Perhaps someone who is spiritually or emotionally fragile has "imprinted" you and is looking to you for mentoring and support. Sometimes, before you realize how dependent this person is on you, you might leave him or her in a situation where there is risk of falling into danger or temptation. People like this are incredibly easy to be hurt or misled. So, do be careful that your freedoms do not become a trap or pit a less mature loved one can walk into. When you spend time with this person, do not participate in activities that will be a stumbling block. (For instance, you don't have a glass of wine when you are going to dinner with an alcoholic. You might even have to choose a restaurant that does not serve alcohol at all!)
One thing that is important is that you do not cultivate this "imprinting" if you are not able to support it. By showing love and concern, you can easily attract someone to become dependent on your emotionally or spiritually. Then, you are stuck with them for the long haul, and helping them grow up can be difficult. It takes "weaning" and wisdom. It can be difficult to maintain a friendship with such a person without allowing yourself to be consumed by the responsibility. Pray for God to guide you in setting healthy boundaries.
Of course, some people are naturally our responsibility, at least for a time, if they are young relatives, especially; Or, God may place someone in your life who has been abandoned and abused and you may have to serve as their "mother duck" until they mature enough to grow on their own.
Remember, in God's eyes, each of us is priceless. As recorded in the Bible, Jesus compares each of us to fragile sparrows. He says:
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31, NIV
Have you ever been in a relationship where someone "imprinted" you as their mom or guide? Have you ever been someone's "baby duck?" How did that work out?
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Adapted from an article by Robyn Bray, first posted on "Fairelight's Journal of Dreams and Ancient Wisdom," blogspot.com