It is not quite what you might picture – a hawk attacking, but rather this scenario is where a hawk was being attacked. Well, least those brave little band of birds were trying with out much success.
Covid19 gave me the opportunity to slow down and take some nature happenings in where I might have overlooked and definitely not stayed for the duration of the battle.
I always am in awe of Elohim – the name of God as our Creator. We really need to take in all He has created for us to enjoy and learn from.
Today, it was from a hawk attack.
We heard a raucous of birds outside and upon investigation, saw a hawk perched high up on a pole that we would have referred to as a telephone pole when I was younger. Now, it holds electrical wires and street lamps. So, here was the hawk and a few feet down the post for the lamp was a brave robin bawking as loud as it could and inching closer to that hawk.
Then, to our surprise, it darted right at it with barely a flinch from that old hawk. But, what happened next was even more shocking, several other birds came circling around and darting at it too. What I could gather was the whole neighborhood of birds were banding together to protect their young and nests. They were trying to thwart off the threat and were definitely stronger together. In the end, I am not sure if babies were saved or if they truly triumphed over that enemy, but oh what a valiant effort!
And so it is with us humans, our adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion as stated in I Peter 5.8.
Are we giving our best foot forward to defeat him?
Are we banding together with other brothers and sisters in Christ to make a more concerted effort?
What can we do to give that old ‘hawk’ a run for his money?
We must remember that we are made for community.
Community makes us stronger.
Community unites us.
And community is life-giving.
In the hawk attack, it literally was preserving life.
Those little, brave winged creatures were definitely stronger together.
It is the same with us. We are better together than alone.
“For just as in one [physical] body we have many parts, and these parts do not all have the same function or special use, so we, who are many, are [nevertheless just] one body in Christ, and individually [we are] parts one of another [mutually dependent on each other]. Romans 12.4-5 AMP
Just as that hawk was looming over head and that one bird tried to do a little damage, it was only when the community of birds came together that they had a fighting chance.
Often Satan wants us to feel alone or get us to believe isolation is best and that we can fight the battle on our own. But, can we really?
Those tiny fowl were literally bearing each other’s burdens (Galatians 6.2) and displaying in full color how two (or three or four or ten) are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4.9).
How can you come alongside another and lift them up?
How can you band together like those little birds that became a flutter of wings attempting to overcome the threat?
“That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together…” I Corinthians 12.25
The Michael W. Smith song Surrounded has a line that says: “This is how I fight my battles.”
When we feel surrounded (maybe like the hawk being attacked), remind yourself when we put on the garments of praise and get in a posture of thanks towards God, the enemy has to flee. It may look and feel like you are surrounded, but know God is always willing and ready to surround and fight for you. Aren’t you glad you can say: “My God fights for me!”
We can learn many lessons from nature if we take time to pause and covid19 certainly has availed us some extra time to do so.
Would love to hear what you have been observing or learning during the worldwide shutdown. Please leave a comment.
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