[Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog by Maria Drayton. This is a beautiful, almost poetic devotional that looks into Matthew 6:26. Enjoy, Divas, and look out for more devotionals from Maria in the future!]
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.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Maria Drayton originally from Seattle, Washington she is a graduate of Washington State University and has a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Communications. Maria has traveled all over the United States but currently resides in Deptford, New Jersey with her husband and son. With a passion for the Lord, she has been serving and walking with Him since 1990 and desires to bring a young, fresh, new look into intimacy with God. Since 2001, she attends Bethel Deliverance Church and desires to begin a women’s ministry for young women to learn to apply God’s word in our daily lives.