Swooping up and down over the cat for sleeping in her own yard, these birds had become annoying. She patiently waited for the moment of revenge and got it.
Whenever we walked outside, these birds let us know we were not welcomed. I kept yelling at them repeatedly informing them they were in my yard not theirs!
Maxi is 10 years old, but evidently quite spry for her age. These two birds should have known better than to continue their assault upon her. In the end she revealed who was boss.
Like some people I know, Mockingbirds mock. As I have written in past posts, in case you haven’t figured it out I don’t like them. Being the animal lover that I am, these fowl are just that; fowl……
My confession here lies I was not sorry she used her “hunting skills” on two such adversaries. Had it been another species of birds I would have scolded her. Not that she would have understood or retracted her proud authority of ageless accomplishments.
Another confession and I hope many of you would follow along here, I can think of people I would like to sick my cat on. The stage of “bullying” or society “caste system” is out of control. Unlike her, I can’t go around attacking the enemies of our jungle by swatting them with my claws, pulling out their feathers and leaving them for dead on the door step. Maybe I should let her do that.
Anyway, this is where I have to change my attitude about enemies. You know the Bible tells us to “love our enemies.” Those mockers, betrayers and backstabbing gossipers whose lives are so empty they get their “kicks” by fueling the fires of low self esteem in others they are threatened by.
Proverbs 11:13 “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”
So, if you think about it, how can you consider them opponents, traitors or slanderers?
People who bully or “kick you when you are already down” are their own worst enemies. These insolent pests are fighting battles within they can’t win. Besides making fools of themselves, slanderers, etc. are slowly falling off a cliff they created on their own. Deep inside their plagued hearts is a willingness to hit the other cheek as often as possible unaware the ground beneath the cliff is their demise waiting to happen.
The outer covering of the tormentor is thin and unstable. Waiting for a fight, the words “turn the other cheek” and walk away disturbs that inner frustration and anger. It is not what they want. Fighting is their means of gaining strength and power or so they believe. The enemy of keeping our mouths shut triggers a force of willpower they long to possess.
Proverbs 10:8 “The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.”
Silence can be golden when used properly.
Silence can be the tool to reach a hardened heart waiting to be softened.
Silence represents that which is unleashed self control and love.
Silence gives God time and space to accomplish what humans can’t.
In other words, keep your mouth shut and allow the Holy Spirit to do the talking for you.
Proverbs 14: 3 “A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.”
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