The other day while walking, I watched a hawk zoom low to the ground looking for his breakfast. I watched as the squirrels scrambled up the trees to avoid being snatched by the predator. I would clap my hands and scream, “RUN!” thinking I was helping Sampson’s chase buddies and was so grateful not to see one in his talons. The hawk could have cared less who was making noise – big targets weren’t his target, little ones were. He didn’t care what Sampson and I did and to prove that a couple of times he did flybys and screeched, as if to laugh at us. Before it was all over, he had accomplished what he set out to do – he flew off with a squirrel in his mighty grip.
A couple of things came to my mind while watching nature’s show. As uncomfortable as it made me, the circle of life was playing out before my eyes. I didn’t like it AT ALL – I don’t like it when Sampson catches a squirrel. I love watching him run them up trees and always scream when he manages to get one, but I have to remind myself, he’s doing what he was born to do. The hawk was doing the same – he had to have food to survive and knew where to come to get it!
The squirrels were doing what they were born to do, too. They weren’t tantalising the hawk, they were just being squirrels! They were on the ground gathering their food, doing the squirrel thing yet they were this predator’s target. He was there just because he knew they were there. He intended to kill them, however many he could wrap his claws around!
The squirrel that was focused and determined on his mission (searching for and gathering food) was the one that was snatched – the others were aware of the hawk and managed to escape death by scrambling up trees, knowing the hawk couldn’t grab them. I thought about us, God’s people. We get busy doing what we do, completely unaware that the enemy is stalking us. We focus on our lives, our problems, etc etc…until all of a sudden we find ourselves in the grasp of something that may kill us and wonder how we got there!
We should always be aware – even when things are normal and good (not just when they’re bad and stressful) the enemy lurks. He’s looking for the one who’s totally preoccupied and unaware of his presence. The enemy’s mission is to SEEK someone to devour. Let’s don’t let that be us. Stay close to our Father (our safe place) prayed up, praised up and spiritually strong, always ready for a sneak attack. Are you?
1st Peter 5:8: “Be sober of spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
1st John 4:4: “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in the you than he who is in the world.”