Saturday, March 12, 2016

Feathered but not Tethered

This telephone pole which sits next to our driveway is the vantage point of so many types of birds. On any given day you can hear woodpeckers knocking, observe mockingbirds and bluebirds fussing at each other from the power lines, or see beautiful doves resting for a moment before loudly fluttering off. Maybe it's a sign I'm getting older, but I absolutely love to bird watch.   They are such amazing works of God--their colors, the way they move, the sounds they make.  I just love them!  

But beyond their beauty, they are also teaching me that it's okay to stop and rest sometimes, and getting to that vantage point is more than it seems.  Yes, those spiritual highs in our life are great, because they refresh our souls, but we simply can't stay there too long.  Life won't allow it.  From those high points we can observe what is truly happening in the spiritual realm all around us, and we can gain perspective.  We realize the battle never ends. At least not on this side of heaven.  It is exhausting, isn't it? 

This Christian life makes it hard to take deep breaths sometimes (a lot of times).  I just want like a whole week with no work issues, no fires to put out, no migraines, no sadness.  (A girl can dream.)  But we all know God has called us to live in a fallen world, and to be salt and light for those who are struggling even more than we are.  

He has called us to soar.  

So take off, my friends, and go spread your love in this hurting world! 

“You are the world’s seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world?" Matthew 5:13

"They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

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