There’s a channel on YouTube that is a live feed most of the time on an eagles nest in southwest Florida. I’m watching it now. I’ve watched it off and on for several years now, and it brings me peace. The mother, a bald eagle, just brought her two babies a fish. It made me think about Matthew 6 where Jesus was in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, and he encouraged his listeners that the Father will care for you the same way he cares for the birds of the air. And he underscored the fact that he cares so much more for his children than birds.
I’m looking at our puppy Wrigley playing with her toys in the living room. She’s not even 6 months old, and her energy is off the charts. It’s not always that way because Isaiah 40 reminds us that even youths grow tired and weary, and driving back from Auburntown yesterday yesterday was proof of that as she slept next to me in the backseat. She’s been playing hard this morning since before 6am, and she appears to be getting ready for her morning nap.
Our Father is so good about giving peace to the weary and increasing the power of the weak. The animal kingdom shows these principles at work everyday, and I’m thankful for the revelations they bring.
I just got up to get a cup of coffee, and when I came back in the living room Wrigley was up on the coffee table. She got right down when I entered the room and stared at me because she knew that’s a no-no. God gave us the ability to know internally when we cross the line, and that’s another aspect of being a Christ-follower I’m thankful for. I touched on it in my last post within the context of Ephesians 3. That’s another wonderful passage that’s been empowering me. That makes me think about Hillsong’s From The Inside Out. Listen to that song. You’ll be lifted up and encouraged, but also be intentional about sitting still in silence as you listen to the Spirit speak truth into your heart. This world is a noisy and negative place, but when we are intentional about listening to the Father we can find love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5.22).
And you don’t need a church building to do that.