ON EAGLE'S WINGS
"And he will raise you up on eagle's wings ..." *
What a majestic sight to see. An eagle soaring through the sky. Gliding so effortlessly. Gently sweeping from side to side. Softly drifting high and low.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could soar through life on eagle's wings? Not worrying about a thing. Letting life happen so calmly and peacefully.
"... and hold you in the palm of His hand."
Heavenly Father, let me dwell in the shelter of the Lord and abide in His shadow for life. Be my refuge and let Your faithfulness [be my] shield. Take away my fear so that nothing will befall me. Send Your angels to guard [me] in all of [my] ways, and make [me] to shine like the sun. Amen.
* Italicized words are quotations from "On Eagle's Wings" by Michael Joncas.
He noticed his wedding ring was missing. He never takes it off, but it was no longer on his left hand. He has become so accustomed to it, almost taking it for granted, that he doesn't know the last time he saw it.
He searched everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Drains were checked to see if it "would fit" down the drain. Garbage cans were turned upside down.
So easily taken for granted, and now such panic. It may be just a symbol, but it seems like a relic. Finally, the ring was found. Sitting undisturbed in the place where it was left.
"... he will never fail you or forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6
How often do we become lost? Searching everywhere for a God that we think has abandoned us. But He is there, always there, waiting for us. Thank you God.
TRAPPED, OR SET FREE?
The bush was losing its leaves to rabbits and other foraging animals. There would be no flowers next year if the grazing did not stop this year. We placed a wire frame around the bush so that it could grow unencumbered. Not particularly nice to look at, but it worked, and the bush is flourishing!
So I wondered, did we "trap" the bush by stunting its ability to branch out? Or did we set the bush "free" by allowing it to retain its new growth?
"But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life." - Romans 6:22
What about you? Do you let God's commands "trap" you? Or do they "set you free" to be more fruitful in His kingdom?
Stunning. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Evergreen trees against a rainbow backdrop. Oranges and yellows and reds. All of God's creation is dressed in its finery. I was reminded of the following verse.
"But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’" - Matthew 22:11-12
What about you? Are you dressed in your finery? Have you clothed yourself for the banquet feast? Are you ready?
Lord, help me to be dressed in my finery so that I am ready for all that awaits me. Amen.
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."