WINGS OF AN EAGLE
As I sat and gazed into the sky, admiring all that God had created I saw something. No, I didn’t just see something. It was a hawk. I watched in amazement as he seemed to glide through the sky effortlessly. Only flapping once or twice, he would then just simply glide the rest of the way. It was a beautiful sight. I thought about the scripture that reminds us,
“do not worry….Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or stow away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” Matthew 6:26.
As I marveled at the perspective the Lord was sharing, I saw something else. Now this I had never seen before and if I were still living in the city I probably would never have.
The hawk that I had been watching was now perched on top of a telephone pole. But he was not alone! I saw what I thought at first was a “battle of the birds.” But as I continued to watch it wasn’t that at all. As I watched trying to interpret what my eyes were seeing, I saw crows attacking the hawk. I couldn’t believe it! I thought to myself, “These crows must have a death wish. Certainly the hawk (if he chose) could have them for lunch and dinner.”
I continued to watch because at this point I felt like it was a movie. I waited for the hawk to lunge, or fight back, or maybe even fly away. But he did none of the above. He sat right there and did not move. Now by this point, there were more crows attacking from all directions and the hawk kept sitting in the same position. At one point, the hawk did something that I thought, “hmm….he doesn’t even care about those crows!” He began to clean his wings. Lifting one up at a time and going to town, cleaning every aspect of those long wings. I was flabbergasted at this behavior.
Now being the city girl that I am, I had to do some quick research that only Google can provide. So as I sat on my balcony I searched “why do crows attack hawks”. And in all my research I found my answer. It’s called Mobbing. By definition, this is found frequently in birds when a potentially dangerous predator is around.” So this not only occurs when the hawk is around but also the eagle too. Because crows are more maneuverable they can peck at the hawk or eagle and because of the wing span of the larger birds, they can’t turn around fast enough to catch them.
So with this new found knowledge I sat back and continued to observe and the Lord spoke to me as I watched.
“Just as the hawk and eagle aren’t bothered by the mobbing of the crows, so you should not be in this world. They will surely gather against you, but as an eagle, your power is more than theirs and you don’t have to fight against them but stay focused on Me.”
I sat in awe, really that’s the only word for it. Often the Lord speaks to me through analogy and that day was no different. He meets us where we are and speaks to us in a way we can understand. Since this day, I remind myself of His Word and I remind myself of the mobbing crows and to just stay focused on Him, though they surely assemble against me.