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A Metaphor of The Small Bird and The Hawk

By Donny Wright

Yesterday I was outside in my front yard and I heard a sound in the sky. When I looked up I saw a small bird chasing a red tailed hawk. The small bird was chirping and the hawk was screaming as the small bird flew all around the hawk. The hawk would roll and change direction but it was no match for the smaller bird who had much more capability to maneuver. The small bird did not give up. It kept trying to peck the hawk as the hawk tried to get away. The small bird just kept on and on until the hawk finally flew away.

I began thinking metaphorically, which I often do. What did this scenario represent in the Christian world? As I pondered this, I decided that the reason for the commotion was probably due to the fact that the hawk had invaded the small bird’s home nest and tried to steal the babies or eggs. And who does that sound like in Christianity?

I would suggest that the small bird represents us as Christians. The larger bird, the hawk, represents Satan who comes to kill, steal and destroy. The nest is our home and the baby birds are our family. The sky is the world in which we live in.

So if the hawk, or Satan (metaphorically speaking), comes to your home trying to steal your joy, kill any sense of hope and destroy relationships, your faith or any other values, what would you do?

Let me pause here to say that Satan does do this constantly if you are in God’s will and trying to live a good Christian life. He seems to not bother us too much if we are not living for God. And when he does come, often we allow him to win the battle. We give up on trying to keep our marriage, we give in to desires and temptations, and we may think that he is too much of a match for us.

But the Bible tells us differently. 1 John 4:4 says, “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I have a friend that calls this verse his 44 Magnum because it is so powerful. John says that we have Christ in us and that Christ is greater than Satan. Christ has proven it several times before by not giving into Satan’s temptations and at his death (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13; Revelation 1:18).

The Bible also says if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed that we can move something as large as a mountain (Matthew 17:20). Even though we are small like the small bird, we can have an effect on Satan. We can move him out of our way. The last sentence in Matthew 17:20 says, “Nothing will be impossible for you.”

So, if we confront Satan when he tries to invade our holy territory, he will flee. We must understand our divine power that we have been given. We have to power to say to Satan, “Get behind me Satan” just as our Savior did (Matthew 16:23). And we keep on saying it and keep on rebuking Satan just as the small bird did the hawk. The small bird just didn’t tell the hawk to leave, it chased the hawk for a long time and for a long distance far away from its home. The hawk would think twice before going back to this bird’s nest. And Satan would do the same to us.

We as Christians have the power that Christ has given us at the time of our conversion. We have the power and stamina to stand up to Satan and win the battle. We can say with pride, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). And don’t forget how important we are in God’s eyes. He says we are even more important than the small bird who chased the hawk away (Matthew 6:26 ” Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”)

Today, Lord I pray that we as Christians realize our power…power to impact the world in which we live, power to be a positive influence on others, power to run and finish the race and power to believe in ourselves through your grace and mercy. In Jesus name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 Donny Wright PhD

Donny is a writer, businessman, husband and father. His writings reflect a sense of help and hope for the struggling seekers.

You may purchase his book, “Thirty Days To Ponder: Spiritual Inspirations For A Positive Life” from http://www.createspace.com or email him at duanewright@ymail.com

Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.comCHRISTIAN WRITER

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