Friday, February 12, 2010

Eagle's Wings

My morning had started off in a bad way. I was overwhelmed and my day had barely started. As I headed out to work I noticed an eagle flying overhead and he seemed to follow me as I neared the end of my road. I waited there as long as I could, before a car came up behind me, all the while the eagle circled overhead, never leaving me.  What was he about I wondered? What was I about?  Too many things, I knew.  Too many things. 

As I mentioned yesterday, I have a lot going on.  So it seems.  Most of what I do is on a project basis, so I am not involved in so much of it simultaneously. I work at my "real job" only 15 hours a week. That is all I dared to commit to given my health issues, migraines and otherwise. But when I lose days at a time, all else goes to the wind.  Then I feel like I'm doing many things, none of them too well. I'd like to stress, that is how I feel.  I have learned to not pay attention to these discouraging feelings so much through the years.  I have also learned not to over commit. Yet, somehow life gives us opportunities for checks and balances and it seems as though I am in such a place again. Does this ever happen to you?

One thing I have done is to try to keep my activities "focused" on that "one thing I do" which is to minister to others with my creativity, and I'm trying to define that further by centralizing much of it around writing.  But sometimes there are seasons that we get more busy than others, whoa to me when my health interferes. 

I felt like that eagle was heaven sent. As it glided up above with his magnificent wings outstretched it reminded me that I was underneath the everlasting wings of God. That he saw me and knew what I was dealing with, what I was about. Yes, the Lord knows what I am trying to accomplish and he also knows my limitations. He reminded me to take refuge in his wings.  Do what I must for the day, in his strength and not mine alone. When I focus on the many things at once I am easily overwhelmed, but when I focus on him I am empowered.

He will cover you with his feathers, He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:4

The LORD recompense you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge! Ruth 2:12

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31


How are you faring today?

10 comments :

  1. Nature so often provides unexpected reminders, doesn't it? A sunset, or a sleeping cat; a raging river or a small flower bud. When (if) I stop to consider these powerful provisions, I am rarely overcome. It's when I focus on the mundane that I get swamped.

    Soaring with you on eagle's wings,
    Kathleen

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  2. I love God's beautiful reminders of His love.

    Yesterday I was going on and on to a preschool mom about her adorable baby. I thought maybe we could have one more. At that exact moment a huge chunk of snow fell from the preschool's roof onto my face.

    He speaks to us in so many ways. :D
    ~ Wendy

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  3. He is faithful to comfort and to gently nudge us back to the uncluttered path. So beautiful, Carla, that you had your eyes (literal and spiritual) open to see Him.

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  4. I'm better today. Wasn't so great earlier this week.

    I hope you feel better. Thanks for sharing this reminder. I love it when God uses nature like that.

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  5. What a beautiful reminder, Carla. And you're intuitive enough (or is spiritual the word I'm looking for?) to recognize the Lord's hand in your life that way.

    I usually let moments like that slide by and then, after I've pondered about them for a bit, realize that, duh, there was a message in there for me and I ignored it and as a result this happened which resulted in that and my life gets a whole lot more complicated and...LOL, well let's just say I'm usually wiser through hindsight then foresight.

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  6. Funny how we are sent the things we need when we least expect them. I love how the eagle seemed to follow you. Mount up with wings, dear friend. Run and don't grow weary. Tough, hard, easier said than done. I need to follow my own advice.

    Happy weekend,
    Jen

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  7. I love this. Your posts are always so inspiring.

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  8. The way I'm faring today, this post is just what I needed. Thank you for the beautiful reminder that I don't need to be strong or weak, happy or sad, alone. :)

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  9. I'm battling a cold and cough today, but am so thankful to have a snow day to lay around and rest! God's beautiful pristine snow covers the ground like he covers my heart and I am so thankful for that! Thanks for an encouragin post!

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  10. I love Isaiah 41:10. It's one I've committed to memory and use often.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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