Saturday, August 13, 2016
Bird of Prey
A hawk discovered our backyard is a good place to drop in for a handy meal. This pile of feathers is evidence of some violent moments on our nice green lawn. Sadly, there have been five piles of feathers over the last month. The doves that frequent our bird feeder have become easy pickings for these sharp-taloned birds of prey.
We'd been told that hawks grab their victim and pluck off all the feathers before flying away to partake of their meal. Sad for the doves, they are slow birds that often eat on the ground under the feeder. At the beginning of the summer, there were many doves in our backyard. Not so many now.
One evening, we saw the hawk in action. He'd caught a bird (perhaps a dove, it was hard to tell) and was busy plucking its feathers. A group of Blue Jays were squawking in nearby bushes, even going so far as to swoop down at the hawk to get him to leave. He calmly stood his ground and continued his grisly business, until I walked near enough to scare him away. And yes, he carried his prize off with him.
Doves are one of the nicest birds we've seen. They don't run other birds away and they wait their turn. Even though they do not seem very agile, they keep trying to get on a perch until they manage to balance and scoop up some tasty seed. I like the doves and it saddens me to see that so many have been killed. Alas, such is the way of the world in which we live.
Many times, I make the comment, "It's a jungle out there!" And, indeed, it is - in more ways than the obvious. The obvious is all the terrible things that happen around the world - terrorist attacks, murders, poverty, child abuse, horrible accidents -- we've seen it all and it scares and saddens us. Then, there are things like the Zika virus we've been hearing about lately, disease and infection. To say it's a jungle out there is no exaggeration.
To make matters worse, there is a slithery serpent by the name of Satan who uses jungle tactics against us every day. He and his slimy servants are out to get us and we frequently don't even see them coming. The jungle is a dangerous place.
I don't know about you, but I sure would like to know a safe place to keep me from the clutches of birds of prey who swoop in and grab unwary peaceful doves who are minding their own business (like you and me), and to protect me from slimy demons who work in the shadows.
Thankfully, there is such a place. The Lord Jesus Christ promises to be our safest place. Here's what David said about the Lord, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1. Whew! Aren't you glad there is a safe place in this jungle terrain? I sure am!
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust'....He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge." Psalm 91:1-2 & 4.