Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Today I caught sight of two very large birds in the sky. I am pretty sure they were vultures but I watched them anyway. I was trying to decide just where they were going or what possible carcass had drawn them near.
All the while I was watching them I saw waaaayy up in the sky a hawk flying far higher than those two. I almost missed it. The hawk had a white underbelly that nearly blended into the overcast sky.
At that point I felt a gentle “nudge” from God. My message for today was “don’t lose sight.”
I am very aware that I am easily distracted and pulled away from goals and priorities that are important to me. As we are soon to close out this first quarter of the year I was reflecting on what goals I’d met and those I need to give more attention.
I’m doing well on a few. But others have managed to slide by the wayside.
My “distractions” aren’t trivial. They are the same life issues that most people deal with.
Job. Family. Even self-doubt.
I’ve noticed that when we set our mind to carry out something productive or walk the path God sets before us there is always that “lion” waiting in the bush seeking to “steal, kill and destroy.”
Sometimes we can become so fixated on our personal “vultures and lions” that we forget to look up to God instead of concentrating on the chaos around us.
We can often become so distracted we forget what we are trying to accomplish in the first place!
And that is exactly what the enemy wants.
Some distractions are so loud that we fail to hear God.
Others are blinding and we fail to see God.
I challenge you (and myself) to reexamine your goals and “resolutions” for 2015 and with a renewed spirit, go after them!
Instead of worrying about what the vultures are doing I will look higher and seek God’s guidance for my next steps. I don’t believe God’s best for us is preoccupation with things that reek or are dead.
We do best when we set our minds on higher things, that we may fulfill our purpose and enjoy the blessings God would give us.
God can renew us just as He brings the trees through winter into a fruitful spring.
Delay is not failure. We only fail when we give up.
I trust God’s grace is sufficient for me to meet and even exceed my goals.
What about you?
Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.