This morning I watched a YouTube video that was posted on Facebook. It was entitled “The Crazy Woodpecker” and I, being a fan of catchy titles, decided to invest one minute and twenty six seconds of my life to learn more. Well I’m certainly glad that I did. This video started off harmlessly enough, a tourist filming what looked to be a woodpecker hard at work burrowing out a whole in an old dead tree, but after about twenty seconds, the true nature of the event unfolded.
The bird was not pecking at the inner workings of the rotten wooden giant; it was actually attacking an intruder that had taken up refuge in his home. This invader was not an adversary of equal status on the food chain; it was an enormous green snake. The bird had been giving it a severe beating inside the hollowed out tree so the snake decided to rear its ugly head and come out into the light of day for an advantage.
When the snake emerged the woodpecker went straight to work, pummeling the snake with all of the mite that it could muster. The snake then went on the attack lunging at the bird and landing a fierce blow. It was clutching the bird in its jaws and clamping down so hard that it appeared as though the woodpecker was a goner. But the woodpecker managed to escape and instead of fleeing its home and giving up what was rightfully his, the bird went back on the offensive. It tactfully maneuvered itself around the snake and launched an attack on the snakes head. The green predator returned the favor and this dance went on for about a minute or so with the end never being displayed.
I would like to think that the woodpecker won the fight and the giant green intruder was relegated to living out the rest of its days on the cold forest floor. But I’m not sure that that is what happened and quite frankly, it doesn’t matter. My question for you is: Do you have anything in common with that woodpecker. Most of us would have simply flown away and found another tree. An easier tree to inhabit, maybe one that wasn’t quite up to our standards, but that would be a bit less dangerous. Or would it? What do we do the next time a snake turns up to displace us? Are we meant to aimlessly wander with no permanent position, no roots, no home, and no deep sense of purpose?
What I was reminded of this morning is that we are NOT to be denied what is ours. We are NOT to settle for less than what is our due. Today and for the rest of my life, I am going to live like The Crazy Woodpecker and if I die sticking my neck out and doing what most only wish they could do, then it is nobler than living tree to tree fearing predators for the rest of my life.
In the words of a fellow crazy woodpecker – “Guess who! Hahahahaaa, Hahahahahaaaa, Hahahahahaaaaa, Hehehehehehehehehehehehehe!”
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By Mike Welch, FranNet Minnesota