One sunlit morning a few years back, I was surprised by an unexpected visitor in my garden. As I got closer to this frightened little creature, I realized it’s feet were twisted and tangled in a netting. He must have inadvertently landed on it during the night, got a talon stuck, and then started an attempt of fearful escape – only to get more trapped.
I quickly got a pair of scissors and carefully began to try to loosen each thread, one by one – all while singing over him to provide calm. It took me about 5 minutes (which is long when you think about it!) to cut all the threads without hurting this owl. Finally, his already stretched out wings were able to lift him to a nearby tree where he stared at me for a minute more, listening to me sing before he flew off.
I cannot help to think of how we can often are just like this owl.
Our mind, sometimes inadvertently, lands on a negative memory, a bad thought of another, or who we think we should be; and then we feed it a little and before we know it, we are actually tangled in fear and become tethered to this world.
Then along comes our Faithful Friend.
In perfect love, He sings over us while cutting away each of our fears. He reminds us who we really are in Him. He reminds us how He has given us His Spirit’s wings with which we are free to fly above our tangled thoughts, our own personal failures, and the failures of others……
He reminds that we are wrapped in newness and that HIS sky is our limit.
For further reading:
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”~ Zephaniah3:17
“They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”~ Isaiah40:31
“There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear” ~ 1 John 4:17
Song: In Christ Alone
“What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand.”