Lessons Learned from a Bird Fight

The other day I saw two birds engaged in a fierce fight. One was a large, black-colored bird. It was so large and because of the distinct sound, I think it was a crow. The crow was fluttering and flying, trying to fend off another bird about a fifth his size. I saw later that the other bird was a mockingbird. It is not unusual to see this kind of entanglement, especially if the large crow is getting too close to the nest or even going to the nest of the mockingbird. They were in a real battle.

The crow seemingly was trying to get away from the mockingbird but wasn’t making any progress because the mockingbird was faster, quicker, and fluttering in every direction, frustrating the old crow. I actually began to feel sorry for the big, black bird because he couldn’t get away. It was like he had poked his nose into a place that he shouldn’t have and couldn’t get away quick enough. In fact, he couldn’t escape at all. Every way he turned, there was that mockingbird squawking and fluttering and being a real pain to the old crow. I watched them for several minutes wanting to help if I could, but I couldn’t. I did learn some valuable lessons from the bird fight right there in front of me.

One of the valuable lessons I learned was the big bird doesn’t always win. Seriously, the larger bird was four or five times larger than the mockingbird. It didn’t matter. He didn’t have a chance. The mocker just kept on pestering him. I think that probably the crow had found the nest and maybe even had come to the nest and the mockingbird was having no part in him staying there. If these two birds got in a fight, who do you think would win? We often pick the much larger crow but no, not on your life. The big bird was taking a beating.

There’s a great and glorious biblical truth found throughout Scripture, and it is just because you’re big does not mean you’re going to win the battle. Just think about the times the battle went to the small and scrawny. Of course, David and Goliath is a primary example, even to the point that Goliath, the big bird, made fun of David, the little scrawny creature that came out to take him on. Yet David, bold and filled with the power of God, took on Goliath and told him that God would fight his battles. He was victorious.

The same truth can be applied to Daniel when he was going to be thrown into the lion’s den. The den was filled with lions who were ready to attack and destroy anything thrown in there to them, except when it was a little fella named Daniel. Can you imagine what it must feel like to be a lion in a den of Daniels? If those lions wanted to eat and devour him, there is not much anybody could have done but the big lions did not win the battle. God shut their mouths. What a revealing event that is in the book of Daniel. God shut the mouths of the lions. What a blessing it is in this world of loose tongues and fast lips when God intervenes and at times shuts some people’s mouths.

A second great truth that is found in the bird fight was that passion, energy, and inspiration go a long way to winning the battles. That little mockingbird looked like a gray banty rooster. I mean she was on all four sides of the crow when that’s not even possible. She was worked up into a frenzy and battling for her nest and children. It would be no contest, not because she was bigger or stronger or even faster, but because she was inspired. I think of what Scripture says in Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it….” Give it your best. Pour your energy, life, and passion into it and see what happens.

What is going to happen is that when we give it our best, inspiration and passion win the day. The old saying is true: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that makes the difference.” Oh, that the people of God with big issues and big needs and big critical events in front of us would have a heart of passion of godly energy to be expended against those things that are hurtful and harmful and destructive around us.

A third thing that I learned is rather obvious, but sometimes it doesn’t appear to be obvious to human beings.  The point is don’t spend all your time fighting with other birds around you. It is fruitless, pointless, and non-productive. Too many of our people, too many churches get all wrapped up in fusses and fights that even if won, there is no winner and everybody loses. Don’t spend all your time, energy, and abilities just fighting. I know sometimes there is something at stake, but sometimes it’s just that you don’t like to be around those crows or mockingbirds. Expend your life and energy on good things, God’s things, eternal things.

The author can be contacted at directions@mbcb.org.

Jim Futral

Executive Director-Treasurer