Flying into the wind or Flapping

In our home birds hold a special place.  Darwin feeds them in feeders and then we sit and watch with great delight how they have their own politics as to who is at the feeder first, longest and basically is the boss.

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Photo credit – Heartbeats House

This morning was not unlike most mornings, breakfast on the table and looking outside and watching the birds.  The entertainment was exceptional this morning though, you see, it is a windy brisk morning.  It started out wet with the rain and winds blowing and the odd clap of thunder.  Then the sun came up and the rain stopped but the wind still blew with gusto enough for us to watch the whirling of the falling colourful leaves from the trees.  Quite a beautiful site!

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Photo credit – Heartbeats House

Darwin called me to the table where he was at and said he was amazed at watching the birds in the wind.   They would fly into the wind and catch it at just the right time that it would carry them with no effort.   There was very little flapping in fighting the wind, they trusted their wings and the wind.

Life is full of times when the wind is blowing hard and we have to work through it and find the strength that will carry us.  It is up to us whether we choose to flap around and fight it, or find the source of the wind’s strength and ride with it.   I am a bit of a flapper at times!   I flap in panic, worry and fight against better common sense to just trust, then I hear in my heart a reminder that I can rest underneath the wings of my Saviour.

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:7

It is pretty easy to spout off cliches like “rest underneath the wings of my Saviour” and not explain what that looks like.   To me what this means is, that I can pray openly and honestly before God.  If I am scared, I tell Him.  If I am worried, I pour my heart out before Him.   If I don’t understand what to do, I cry before him and sometimes.. I even get mad!   I spend time in my bible and cling to verses that have become so dear to me.  The more I focus on Him, and pray then bit by bit a sense of peace comes.  It doesn’t mean that it is all fluffy and I am bouncing around like some advertisement for smell good laundry!  I don’t always get the answers, I don’t always understand why things don’t go the way I wanted, but I can know that He will bring good in some way out of what I am facing.   I won’t always get to see what it is, but I can be sure that He will make good of it because of His promises.  He will complete the work He has begun in my life and will take me through the hard “winds” of life with this promise:

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”   Phillipians 1:6

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Photo Credit – Heartbeats House 

Next time you are faced with the “winds” in life and long to find your heart in a place of quiet rest,  take time to just stop and pray.    Open your bible and spend time reading of others that had to navigate through their times.  You will see many who walked different hard times with many results.   Always though, God was ahead and loved and cared for them through it.   Take your challenges, your busyness, your overwhelm and talk to Him… He is always there to carry you through the winds of this life and will help you to see how you can rest on His wings by reading through the Bible and leaning into His promises.   You might not be able to see His face but His word promises that He is there.

Hugs n Prayers

Jackie

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