Have you ever watched an eagle as it soars? I’ve not had that privilege, at least not at a level where I could really study the eagle’s motions as it was way too high in the sky for me to see it. However, there was one day when I was sitting high on the edge of a cliff and saw a hawk circling on a thermal below me. It wasn’t terribly far away from me, so I was able to study it as it circled.
If you’re not familiar with thermals, those are columns of rising air that are created by solar radiation. Thermals are used by birds, glider planes and balloons to gain height, according to Dictionary.com. I’ve seen them be used by eagles, hawks and even vultures to gain lift.
So there I am, trying to have some quiet time with the Lord while sitting on the edge of a cliff, and I see this hawk circling below me. I admit to having a fascination with birds of prey, but it really felt as though the Lord wanted me to pay attention to the hawk rather than it just being a distraction from my quiet time. I watched and studied its every move as it rose slowly higher and higher, circling on the thermal. At first it looked like the hawk wasn’t moving at all, but then I noticed that it actually was making small adjustments as it flew. Sometimes it tipped the front edge of its wing a little bit differently to catch the updraft just right. Sometimes the very tip of its wing made minute adjustments, lifting or lowering ever so slightly as needed. Even the tail was used to make some adjustments. It seemed to fly upwards with very little effort of its own as it stayed in the flow of the thermal.
The Lord began to speak to me as I watched the hawk. I didn’t really hear specific words; it was more of an impression that He made on my heart as I watched. We are meant to live in the flow of God’s love. We may need to make little adjustments along the way, but if we stay in the flow of His love, He will lift us up. It reminded me of the following Scripture from Isaiah 40:
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Doesn’t that sound wonderful? To have our strength renewed by the Lord? To run and not grow weary? To walk and not be faint? Yes, please!
Here are some ways that we can stay in the flow of God’s love:
- Stay in God’s Word on a daily basis. This is essential to our growth and development as followers of Christ!
- Attend church regularly. It is so important to be in a community of believers!
- Serve other people. Volunteer your time and talents through your church or through another organization for which God has given you a heart.
- Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is just communication with God – you talking to Him and Him talking to you. You don’t have to use flowery language; just talk with Him as you would your best friend.
- Believe God’s truth about you. Learn to identify the voice of the enemy and reject it. He’s a liar and you don’t have to fall for his lies about who you are. God is the one who made you and He is the only one who can tell you the truth about yourself with accuracy.
What other ways do you use to stay in the flow of God’s love?