Sunday, June 6, 2010
Dove of Peace?
This dove escaped from our dove pen 2 weeks ago, I have been watching his whereabouts and perching places in hopes of catching him to save him. Having many, many doves I tend to think about doves and how they are typically viewed . Doves have symbolized peace and are also often used as a symbol representing Christians, or Christ followers.I have been researching this for awhile and believe this is so because of the scriptures in Matthew ( 3:16, 10:16 ) and John 1:32 where John baptizes Jesus and it says " I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven and He remained upon Him ( Jesus)." This loose and lonesome dove has perched in many trees nearby but prefers to perch on the dove-cote detailing. You can see the rain drops streaming down over this lone dove. Having obtained freedom from his home, he now spends much of the day trying to get back into his home, but will not allow myself or my husband to catch him. He has been eating his seed out of a bowl I placed on a nearby outdoor table. I have had doves for about 10 years now and I have observed that compared to most other birds doves are very peaceful. They do not stand a chance against hawks, eagles, owls, and we have often seen the latter trying to get to the doves within the pen. The doves coo softly and are peaceful to listen to, so I can see where they get that fine reputation as being symbols of peace. I have also seen the dark side of doves. They may seem peaceful when compared to the bird kingdom as a whole, but within their own little world they can be cruel and merciless. They will fight other doves for desired nesting spots. They will peck the young and vulnerable of other doves to death, and sometimes there is no apparent reason for the all- out bullying of another dove. I have a few cages and pens reserved for the unfortunate doves I find being bullied and near death. Always, always , upon rescuing a dove from it's "brethren" or a baby from other doves' abuse I call to mind how "Christ followers" who are so often symbolized by the dove,can show amazing mercy to those outside the faith but tear to shreds their brethren for perceived offenses or differences that are trifles in the grand scheme of God's mercy, love, and forgiveness. Then I am all the more thankful God alone knows my heart and He alone is my judge. He is merciful, kind, and loving, and ultimately it is to He alone I am accountable. "We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world's goods , and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or tongue, but in deed and truth." I John 3:16-18