An interesting thing was happening inside of me as I did battle with this mockingbird. I found my myself actually be thankful for the persistence of this bird. She reminded me of the parable Jesus taught in Luke 18. We know that section of scripture as the Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge who persisted until her plea was granted. Jesus used the parable to teach us not to lose heart in our praying. Persistence is the word. Persistent was the mockingbird. I have often lacked that kind of attitude in my praying. Too many times I have given up and moved on to other prayers.
The persistent mockingbird reminded me of how I approach prayer with our culture's instant gratification mindset. It is a mindset which keeps me from seeking the will of God in particular matters. It is the mindset which falsely comforts me with the illusion that I know what is best even when I am on my knees before the Almighty. A persistent mindset might not get me what I think I need or what I want in the moment, but it might get me into the mind and heart of God enabling me to understand why it is that now is not the best moment. And, what a blessing that would be!