I noticed something this morning. The dear hummingbirds, which we adore and feed and watch daily, do not share well. There has been major fighting and buzz-by dive bombing, bird bullying, and intimidation tactics this morning over the newly filled feeder. As always, God uses his creation to show me things in myself. When I am worried about me, about what I get, about what I deserve, things turn ugly. I become filled with anxiety, anger, entitlement, and arguments.
If the dear little birds just realized that we will continue to fill this feeder faithfully for them, that there is plenty for all, that the sugar water will keep on coming…..they could surrender and drink and be filled. Peace.
That is what I need also. Surrender control. Trust without knowing. Peace that passes understanding.
“”Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you.” – Psalm 55:22
Protection. Safety. Victory. Power. Love. Righteousness. Forgiveness. Life eternal.
The Shield of Christ.
“He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” – Proverbs 30:5b
“Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.” – St. Patrick’s Lorica
Scenario: Dismal looking day, dark and foreboding clouds overhead. You settle into your airplane seat, buckle up, and say several prayers for safety through the weather.
The plane taxis, lifts, and ascends through the clouds. Bumps and turbulence along the way cause your heart to lurch several times.
Fifteen minutes later, you are above the cloud level. The sky is brilliantly clear; sunlight all around. No turbulence and clouds look angelic below your wings. You can hardly believe it is the same day, the same sky.
Present Day: I choose today to look beyond the clouds, beyond the turbulence and the worry. To look up to the One who controls the skies and flight. The Lord Jesus alone gives peace.