Gifts from God

I suppose that it can be difficult for us to discern the things in our lives that are gifts from our Father in Heaven; it can get really muddy but then there are times when out of nowhere God gives you something that you know is from Him and you know that it has some incredible significance.   I’m still waiting in awe to hear His heart on the gift, the nature of the gift, and  the rarity of the gift.

Right in the middle of the city on a cool fall day sat a young golden eagle upon it’s prey in the middle of the street.  As I drove closer to this regal being it didn’t even flinch at the fact that I was very slowly driving past it.  From the vantage of 3 feet his magnificence was breath taking.  The beauty and  strength that exuded from his body defied the vulnerable place which he sat. To see such an incredible creation of God in such an unexpected place blessed me so deeply.

The creativity of Gods awesome creation is astounding.  The colors of the eagles feathers and the turn of his majestic head.  My goodness he was beyond description. I feel so loved when I am blessed with God’s creation right there in front of me. So close.  I have never been that close to an eagle.  Even when hiking or river rafting or anything else.  It took me driving down a residential street in Denver to come eye to eye with a golden eagle.

We should work to be watchful every day.  We miss so much by becoming a part of the business that we aren’t washed with the colors of a sunrise or sunset.  We miss the smell of the rain and the sound of the thunder because we’re so busy listening and smelling for other things;  things inside our little sphere. Some aren’t satisfied by the confines of their space and then others are content as can be in their little piece of the world.  Some are content to just watch the shows every night.   It’s how they relax while others need personal attention – conversation.  Some are so stuck in their gadgets that they don’t even notice those things. Our gadgets have overtaken so much of our life that we can feel lost with out them.

I love leaving my phone home when I go out because I’m not going to hear the call when it’s in my back pocket anyway and I don’t have time to talk while I’m grocery shopping.  I’m so thankful that I wasn’t distracted by anything that would have caused me to miss God’s precious gift to me yesterday.  I just wanted to run door to door and share the eagle with everyone!  While busy in their houses they had no idea that an amazing creature had visited our street.

Seeing him made me want to be strong and fearless and calm like that eagle. Knowing that God’s word says that we will soar like the eagle we will run and not be weary we will walk and not grow faint.  To rise up on wings like eagles.  Wow.  Sometimes these bodies are so restrictive.  So much we want to do and yet we have our limitations and if the devil had his way we’d totally lose our physical ability to do much at all.   His desire is to take us out of the physical realm. He wants us to wake up in pain.  He wants us to struggle to sleep.  He wants us to lose our coordination and have difficulty dressing.  He wants us to fall into depression wondering if it’s even worth it to get up and get ready for another day.

If it wasn’t for Jesus I would likely no go on and yet Jesus drives me on.  He pushes me.  He makes my sleep sweet and he enables me to tolerate the pain in the morning. His promise is yes and amen and I know that his gift of the eagle was to remind me that he will make me rise up like the eagle…

It also encourages me with everything else I’m doing.  Work is soaring in a way that only God could orchestrate. God gives all of us who work here gifts to teach us how blessed we are to be where we are working with who we are and doing what we’re doing. In addition to is all I was blessed to go and use what God had blessed me with and give it as a gift to about 50 other women who I pray left full of determination and confidence when I left.  I know what my call is and just like God gave me the eagle God gave me to those women who particularly needed to hear what God wanted to tell them through me. We are all just vessels that God uses to show and share and speak his word through.  Seeing that eagle showed me that what I’m to be doing I am doing and as we grow it only becomes more anointed and beautiful, strong and fearless.  Washed in the water of the word for His people to drink and be satisfied by.

Isaiah 40:31 – but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.