My mind continued to pour out thoughts from every angle. What triggered the birds to ever be unhappy and were there any similarities in my life to these creatures? I realized, after thinking for a few minutes, that we certainly shared the need for protection. Anything that threatened the birds safety might disrupt them and their blissful naivity. The physical threat of something potentially harming them or their babies would certainly stir them into an emotional and physical frenzy. Oh how I could relate. Something or someone harming my house or my children would get me upset quicker than anything. It reminded me of the time I walked in on a burglar in my house and chased him out the front door yelling and waving my hands in the air like a complete lunatic. That mothering defense mechanism kicked in, my adrenaline overtook me, and I wanted to really hurt the guy. Here again, God’s protection and provision was present in my life. That guy could have killed me, but God had a different plan.
Thinking on about threats, I was reminded of how in my life not only are there threats of a physical nature, but also threats of a spiritual and emotional nature. I thought of how Satan uses our minds and emotions against us. He literally wants to destroy us. Because we are, as children of God, filled with the Holy Spirit, he has no power over that. He can’t get in, so his only tactic is to work from the outside. He manipulates our thoughts and the outside world around us to plant seeds of doubt, discouragement, fear, insecurity, and the list goes on. I was reminded of this verse, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Peter 5:7-9 Wow, I don’t know about you, but that upsets me. A lion was such a great representation of satan in light of my thoughts on birds. How quickly would a lion destroy one of those tiny creatures if given the chance? Probably in a millisecond. That’s how quickly satan would destroy us, if given the chance. Our defenses against this enemy are in being prepared and armored properly. How do we do this? The bible says, ” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:10-16 I love that!
So, after this long drawn out thought process took place, my lessons from the birds seemed to be coming to a close. Since then, I’ve tried to make sure I’m wearing my armor every day. It has made such a tremendous difference in my emotional health. Fitting myself by studying God’s word and spending time just sharing with God how I’m feeling, has been remarkably helpful. The enemy has absolutely no power over that. So if you’re ever feeling defeated, put on your spiritual armor, go for a nice long walk, and just watch the birds.