Above all else, their determination stuns me. How many times have I watched them bring twigs from shrubs near and far, to delicately and precisely position the spindly sprigs between the large, comforting dish and the meagre bracket that merges dish with house, just to find that they fall with great haste to the ground, or land on the conservatory roof – much to the bewilderment of my cats.
Despite this, these gentle and somewhat ditsy doves return unrelentingly, continuing in their efforts to build their home in a place that, while an immense blessing for me, is no good for them at all. They know no better, they are doves, but I admire their tenacity.
How many of us are willing to return to a good, God-given purpose again and again, despite failures and disappointments? How many are willing to keep fighting, to keep trying, to keep loving and to keep hoping regardless of the challenges? How many can lay claim to having “dove-tailed determination” and strength of faith that overcomes inordinately small satellite dish brackets in the hopes for Home?
Determination goes hand-in-hand with perseverance, a fruit of the Spirit; both are necessary in our walk with Christ, but they should be balanced with wisdom, which is given by God whenever we ask. Proverbs 19:2 (NLT) says, “Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” Determination can lead us down many paths, perseverance keeps us there, but wisdom tells us which paths to take.
Collared doves know no better; it is my hope that they will move to the tree just a few feet away and nest there instead, but let us admire their determination and perseverance together, whilst remembering the need for wisdom in all we do, otherwise our efforts may be just as unfruitful.