“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,They shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
As I was in the yard today, a beautiful hawk flew overhead. The first time it flew over me I was in such awe I forgot I had a camera hanging around my neck. I told God how beautiful it was and He sent it back to me not once but twice!
Usually when I hear hawks, I must search for them to get the shot.
But I didn’t have to do that today.
It came to me.
This was a great reminder that sometimes the things we long for, pray for and even struggle for, God will send to us.
We don’t always have to chase them!
I’m very much a work hard and earn it kind of gal. I try to instill that ethic into my teenagers. Yet, sometimes I can become so blinded by the work mentality, I don’t give myself adequate room to receive God’s grace.
Today’s hawk reminded me we don’t earn the grace God gives us. He freely sends it our way. Sometimes we can become so fixated on a painful past we fail to envision the new thing God is trying to give us!
I have managed to provide my kids with the things they need. However, I also enjoy surprising my kids with the things they want. This is especially true when they work hard or give something their all.
I don’t know why is it often so hard to grasp that our Father is willing to do the same for us as well? When we seek God, we please God.
I’ve tried harder lately to seek God so I can see God all around me. This has not become a chore or a “to do” but rather treasured time that has given me more than I ever imagined.
So, two weeks ago when God gave me an unexpected gift, I embraced it.
I won a prize in a writing contest. I did not ask a million questions. I did not over think it. I just said “thank you.” The prize offered a solution to a dilemma I’d been pondering for nearly two years! My prize was a gift of favor and it was also a gift of encouragement.
Then last week God gave me another gift.
I’d lost something a while back and decided to just be grateful for all the other blessings in my life. I was determined not to focus on what I lost.
But God gave it back to me.
God offers a season of favor after a season of struggle. Just as spring follows winter, new life, new hopes and new opportunities follow our cold winters and harsh storms.
Yet, if we become accustomed to the struggle of the storm, especially a lengthy battle, we may fail to embrace the warmth that ushers in new life.
We’d all do well to abide sometimes instead of constantly strive.
Allow yourself that undeserved grace.
Fuel your faith like never before.
Wait and see what God brings to you…
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
Isaiah 30:18 NKJV