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The Dove and the Hawk

by Larry Fitzgerald

It's not something that occurs everyday. In fact, I've never heard of this event happening to anyone else. It was a Saturday and I was doing some work in the house. The front door was open but the glass storm door was closed. Suddenly, I heard something hit the glass door, hard. Had someone thrown a rock? Did some kids hit a baseball into it?

As I ran to the door, I saw two objects lying on the porch. The first was a white wing dove. It was dead. The other was a magnificent red wing hawk. Its wings were spread out and its head on the concrete.

Then it became clear what had happened. The hawk swooped down on the dove and in a panic, the dove flew towards the door. Both smashed up against the glass. Somehow, the door didn't even crack.

Now both birds laid motionless on my porch. However, in a few moments, the hawk lifted its head. It had been knocked senseless. I kept checking on the bird without disturbing it. For over an hour that hawk stood on the porch trying to get its wits back. Finally, it spread its wings and flew off -- without its dinner. Later, I buried the dove.

Was there anything evil in this act? Of course not. The dove and the hawk were both acting on the instincts that God gave them.

But I saw in this event a parable of life.

Sometimes, I feel like the dove. Other times, I feel like the hawk.

Like the dove, I am going about my life whenever something sinister enters in. Too many bills at the end of the paycheck, kids sick, wife upset, boss disappointed. All of these things can make life miserable. Without warning they swoop down on us.

And, like the hawk, here I am about to get something good whenever an unexpected wall looms up. And what I was counting on doesn't come to fruition. Disappointment is the result.

Often life doesn't go as we planned. When this happens you need to remember three great truths:

1. God has a purpose for your life. God told Moses: "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you" (Exodus 15:26).

2. God wants to provide for you. To you, Jesus said: " first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33). What things? Everything we need.

3. God is lovingly ever presence in your life. For He, Himself, has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5b).

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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