Blackbirds & a Buzzard

I was driving down a road with a large field on one side with plenty of trees and a large pond. I realized there was a huge turkey buzzard in the short grass, obviously there to scavenge something. Two blackbirds were not happy that he was in their territory. These two birds together weren’t even half the buzzard’s size.

To drive him off their property, they devised an amazing strategy. Taking turns, one would nosedive straight down right at the buzzard, pulling up just out of his beak range. The other shot straight up high to gain altitude for his run. I watched as these two blackbirds worked in perfect sync—one diving at the buzzard while the other was going up for his turn. One straight up, one straight down, over and over. Time and again, opposite each other, until the buzzard had had enough.

Finally, the prey on the ground wasn’t worth the battle in the air. The buzzard flapped his giant wings and coasted out of their range, 100 or so yards away.

What might have happened if, one, there had been only one bird, and two, they had not worked together for the same goal—protection and provision for each other?

Two birds that individually wouldn’t have had a chance at even distracting the buzzard alone actually drove him off their turf. Together in sync with one goal.

There are some battles we fight that we have enough by ourselves to win. But there are plenty more that we will not be able to overcome. And, unfortunately, a decent number that we will just plain lose. That’s if we fight alone.

The marriages that work long-term are the ones that strategize and sync up to work together for a goal that provides and protects for both.

When we as men of God will strategize and sync up to fight together to protect and provide for one another, we can drive the enemy off our turf. While one is nosediving into the fray, the other is flying high to gain altitude for his turn.

It’s a plain and simple lesson from God’s natural law. We win more battles together than we ever will alone.

Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. … Two people can resist an attack that would defeat one person alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to break. —Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12 GNT



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