The raucous shrieking of a bird attracted my attention as I walked across my beautiful college campus. A hawk was under a tree in front of the library, calmly eating a baby bird. The mother bird was darting in and out, trying to drive him off. The hawk took very little notice, only looking up when mama bird got too close.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the hawks that are nesting on campus. They are majestic and beautiful.
But nature in our fallen world can be vicious.
That hawk’s fierce eyes, the mama bird’s frantic calls, the mutilated baby bird – it was disturbing.
Mother Nature at work.
Survival of the fittest.
Predator takes the most vulnerable, the one who cannot run or fly away.
I was reminded that like that mother bird, I am helpless to defend my children who have left my nest. They now face for themselves the attacks of satan, the world, and their own sin natures. There is an enemy who seeks to devour us all, like the hungry hawk or a prowling lion. I could feel the futility, grief, and despair of mama bird’s inability to drive her baby’s attacker away.
I am not only as helpless as the mother bird, but without God I’m as helpless as the baby bird. I cannot save my children or myself. Only God can save. He is the One who saves His people from the destroyer. He is the One who covers us with His Wings. He is the One who died, and lived, to save us from ourselves and our slavery to sin and Satan. Sin is every bit as deadly as that hawk was. My Reformation Study Bible says sin “clouds our minds, degrades our feelings, and enslaves our wills.”
God, my Perfect Father, all-powerful Creator and Sustainer, Redeemer, Lover of my soul, is my rescue. He stands between me and Satan the accuser and destroyer. He stands with me in the fight against the sin in my own heart. He walks with me in the pagan world in which I live. I am not left defenseless or alone in the fight that is this life. He has already won the victory.