The lady hawk circled in the bright blue sky. Wings not moving but a dance of flight floated her here and there – aloft, enjoying what she was made to do, no struggle, no purposed outcome.
I wondered how it is birds soar around the sky like that, seemingly no effort. Turns out that the bird depends on external forces called ‘thermal currents’ – rising masses of air that form over areas where the ground warms up rapidly. When this happens, wings outstretched, a dance of complete freedom occurs.
What would it be like to acknowledge and depend on God – truly. Instead of with head knowledge, or with want to, or with should – but with surrender. To depend on the current of His Holy Spirit flowing through me, His love coursing through my veins, His security lifting me in a dance of freedom.
Too much time is spent trying to reason out things beyond our understanding, to make fit our molds things that can’t be held. The Father resides in me but is bigger than the entire universe? The creator of all bends low to comfort a questioning heart? The one who is already beyond today hears the prayer of a moment of panic? Too wonderful…
“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” (Psalm 139:6 NIV)
The hawk doesn’t figure out first how it works to soar without effort, she just takes flight and when that just right draft comes up she loses herself in it. Our days will require much of us – hard times will mingle with the happy. Too many of us seek to define each and every action. But there is freedom in those moments when we feel the lightness of a load being lifted to just let go and not question. When an unexpected gift comes our way, a phone call of a friend distracts us, the beauty of creation catches our eye – soar on the moment.
We know this: “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry” (Psalm 34:15 NIV) – but we don’t live it.
To live on the wings of brave isn’t more effort on our part, it’s knowing Him and catching the updraft of the current of His love instead of ignoring it…
March 1, 2016 at 7:29 am
Wow. That was so beautiful. I needed that today. Thank you!! ❤
March 1, 2016 at 7:53 am
Jill, feeling led to pray for you… Father, lift Jill on your wings today. Let her brave be You in her. Show her your wonders and fill her to overflow to others. Teach her Your ways that she may always confidently walk with You and boldly speak for You. Where she faces difficulties smooth out the rough places and give her peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
March 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm
love this Paris! thank you!! beautiful thoughts and words – Been thinking about the verse this week too- and meditating on how he is attentive to my cry. He is so good! Thanks Paris!
March 3, 2016 at 2:24 pm
We’re all made differently, just like the two birds you have on your post. While the hawk soars and floats on thermals (aka, rests in the Lord), the hummingbird beats its wings thousands of times per minute–but, the hummer must constantly feed itself–just like some of us aren’t meant to soar, but we’re meant to feed from the word.