by Sandy Kirby Quandt
This morning as I looked into the backyard, my heart sank. Rising up from the ground was a large hawk with something in it’s claws. I couldn’t tell if it was a squirrel or a bird. Since both frequent our yard it could have been either.
I raced to the sliding glass door and pounded my fist as I screamed, “NO!”
But it was too late. The hawk rose and flew off with it’s prey.
As I stood speechless, the hawk’s mate landed in one of the trees in our yard. I pounded and screamed again, frightening it away before it had the chance to claim another victim.
I know … the circle of life and all that. As Pilot reminds me, I’m an omnivore. I eat meat. So do hawks.
Fretting over the death of one of God’s creatures, I walked into the yard and stared at the pine tree two yards over where the hawks live. Instead of the usually hawk cry, I heard a small voice. A juvenile being fed.
While I stared at that pine tree, listened to the hawks, worried over the life that had been taken, and acknowledging the gift that life gave the baby hawk, it seemed as if God asked me a question.
“Are you as concerned over a lost human soul as you are over this loss?”
Well, to be honest, I’d never considered that.
As I pondered, I asked myself some questions.
Do I pound at the door and rush to save those who are caught in Satan’s claws?
Am I vigilant to pray for those who don’t know Jesus, that their hearts will be softened and they will see God’s truth?
Do I support efforts that spread the Gospel throughout the world?
Do I live my life in such a way that those who see me see Christ?
Am I as concerned over a lost human soul as I am over a lost squirrel or bird?
How do my actions answer that last question? How do yours?
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Jesus came and said to them, “All power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go and make followers of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do all the things I have told you. And I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NLV)
I wish you well.
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