The chain of all and everything that is happening at this moment has never occurred before and shall not ever (Suyasha Subedi, on Goodreads.com).
When I awoke yesterday, I moved freely in the dark.
It is like having the house to myself when the boys are still fast asleep, and my husband is not yet home from work.
Eager to see what God was doing, I stepped onto the porch, inhaled the softness of His warm wind (some time lapsed here):
As I searched His sky, first I noticed His clouds … sliding swiftly. One bird, high above the tree tops rested, wings spread … carried by His wind. It was maybe a whole couple minutes before this bird flapped.
I thought to myself, that’s what God wants of us. To rest in Him, not flap ourselves silly, trying, striving. To literally spread our arms in complete surrender as He carries, as He leads, as He upholds.
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though she may stumble, she will not fall, for the Lord upholds her with His hand (Psalm 37:23-24 NIV).
With a break in the rain, I wanted to walk. It was going to be another loooong day inside.
After starting in my usual direction, heaven tapped on my jacket, lightly at first.
Nope, I thought. Not going to let rain stop me.
Pulled up my hood and marched forward with the determination of a soldier going home to his family.
I almost walked into this branch:
There, dangling by one tiny foot was a small bird. She was all white except for some black markings on her head. She would have fit in the palm of my hand.
I observed as she struggled to grab the branch with other foot. Aware of my presence, she felt threatened and needed to reposition to make her escape.
As quickly as you can say Pennsylvania, she was upright and flew far in the opposite direction.
This moment changed me, somehow. I have been pondering since yesterday morning.
It seems this little bird friend came flying in too fast … or was completely surprised by my big body appearing suddenly, for she couldn’t have seen me in the distance because I had just arrived.
God’s timing, aligning me and that little bird.
What did He want me to learn from this amazing moment, that I was witness to one of His creatures in a dangerous spot?
When have I been upside down in my life, fearing the worst?
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? (Mark 8:36-37 NIV).
When have I charged ahead, unaware of God’s will for my “landing”?
In their hearts, humans plan their course but the Lord establishes their steps (Proverbs 16:9).
When have I sought rescue? When I have I denied a problem, refused a rescue?
He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me (Psalm 18:19 NIV).
My tiny bird friend could not see my heart. She didn’t know I stood in awe of her with His love, ready to catch or rescue her if she needed.
So maybe there are times we misinterpret people’s actions, make judgments, and move on … before taking time to ask questions.
In one single moment, I cannot see all things. I am not God.
My Spirit tells me … keep seeking and you will find, Julie.
Store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be (Matthew 6:20-21 NLT)
Wisdom is treasure from heaven, something we can store up to bring with us. Oh I don’t know if we will need it or not.
While we are here, we would be fools not to seek and receive this free gift laid out in Scripture, given by the Holy Spirit, born from intercession, gleaned from interaction with other believers.
Being wise doesn’t mean we have all the answers. It means we know and trust the One who does.
Thank you for being here with me. I welcome your thoughts about either bird moment described here.
In the second example, His sovereignty could not have been more evident, as my eyes lifted at the exact moment to stop my tracks so I wouldn’t crash into His upside-down, fear-full bird.
Of course, my heart wishes I had a picture of the beauty, but you will just have to trust this testimony. I couldn’t make it up. Though quite obviously, I did re-enact my awe for a photo. In fact, after the bird flew away, I continued my walk. God nudged me to write this post, so I circled back to get the branch documented. While there, I thought what the heck! I wanted to give you the best chance to imagine this single moment 🙂
Have a wonder-full rest of this given day.
Be thank-full, no matter the weather.
Love in Christ,