The Mockingbird and The Crow

I was recently walking my dogs on one of those unusually cool summer mornings.  One of those mornings that causes you to pay a little closer attention to the world around you.  As we walked I noticed a red tailed hawk skimming just above the tree tops.  As he entered a clearing, he was suddenly attacked from above by a single mockingbird.  The mockingbird squawked, squealed and pecked ferociously at the head of the enormous hawk.

 

Breaking his motionless flight, the now desperate hawk quickly rose and fell, and moved side to side in an effort to shake the relentless mockingbird.  Unable to fly away from the determined intruder, the hawk made his way to the highest branch of a distant hickory tree. 

 

As the hawk began to regain his composure a lone crow appeared in the distance.  Calling his familiar caw he flew a path that took him just above the hickory and the resting hawk.  The hapless crow did not notice the hawk and continued to fly on his noisy trek across the morning sky.

 

The hawk, on the other hand, did notice the crow.  He left his lofty perch and began apparent pursuit of the crow.  As he drew closer the crow realizing he was being followed began to flap his wing faster and utter a series of highly stressed calls that signaled his realization he could not out fly the quickly approaching hawk.

 

Much to our surprise, the crow’s and mine, the hawk passed by the screaming crow and continued on out of sight.  The crow was now safe, but in his anxiety had called much attention to himself.

 

The dogs and I, even the mockingbird stood there in disbelief.  Ten times the size of the little mockingbird but half the heart.

 

As I think about that mockingbird, I am reminded of the 27th Psalm verses 2-3;

 “When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.” 

 

The confidence of the mockingbird when faced with the “evil man”, the hawk, who was advancing against him to devour his flesh, put his trust in the God that made him.  He did not fear, he took on the enemy and saved his life as well as those of his family.  He took no care for his own safety, he went forward and did what needed to be done.

 

On the other hand, the crow thought only for himself.  He took the path of the weakling and trusted no one especially himself.  The hawk was menacing in his presence but had no power left to overcome the crow.  He was a defeated enemy who flew off into the morning sky to nurse his wounds.

Fathers, which bird do you choose to be?  Do you choose to be the mockingbird or the crow?

 

As fathers we are to trust in the fact that our enemy has no power left to overcome us.  We are to put our trust in Jesus who has already defeated the enemy.  Just like the mockingbird, we must have confidence in the fact that the enemy can do nothing but go back and lick his wounds once we have taken authority and fought the fight.

 

If you struggle with how to find the confidence of the mockingbird, let me know through a comment to this article.  There are fathers among us who will be happy to discuss your situation and help you through your battle.  As the bible says, “one can chase a thousand and two ten thousand”.  Together we will chase the enemy out of your life to lick his wounds.

 

En servicio como padre

Dave

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