It’s what’s going on in the world, plus a pile of other things. Some days I need to get some kind of tangible knowing that God sees me in my particular need(s). (Other times I hope He doesn’t see me because my faith is waning or I am whining. I jest.)
I walked out to my car to drive to a dental appointment the other morning. I had invisible waits strapped to my shoulders, as well as my mind, and especially, my heart.
My heart-cry was simply, “Jesus, I need to know you see these things, that you are mindful and faithful and everything I know your Word says you are.” I believe, except when the pains of this world toss me to the ground and doubt does a dance on my head. One of those days…
As I was approaching my car I said under my breath, “I need a feather.” Of course I know a feather is a feather, a foul thing, but to me God has used them to show He is near. A few years back it became common that I would spot feathers on the street or trails, yard or parks always when I needed to be reminded of God’s love. I just needed the security of knowing His eyes were not missing what was going on in life.
Without a trace of doubt God in my mind feathers are His specific calling cards for me. He, or His angels have left me bits of tangible hope by way of birds flying by at the exact moment in time, dropping a loose feather, the wind blowing it here and there, lodging it somewhere obvious enough to see. At that moment my downcast soul would be directed up with joy.
It may sound silly or extravagant but God shares His goodness in big or small ways, to encourage, strengthen, and embolden our faith.
As I opened the door of my car and slid onto the seat, I looked at the console. I sighed a big sigh and smiled. Why? Because I had a feather sitting there. I had found it and placed it there a week or so earlier and it had fallen into the shifter boot.
Backstory: I have been thinking on this question lately,
“What is in your hand?”
It means, when assessing your life, or in need, what do you already possess to solve the issues, at hand?” It’s not an original thought to me. Yet as I have started a new Audacious Consulting experience, TRAILHEAD, it is an essential element of the coaching segment. I want the group to be using this question to help roll out the new stages of their lives.
“What is in your hand?”
In the car I had confirmation God was near, that His promises and plans, as expressed in Word and history, will prevail. I knew at that moment, He cared, that He has not left me on my own.
This question is the answer to so many issues and fulfillments of passions. and plans. Every single one of us, without exception has skills, creativity, ideas, resources, concepts, courage, faith, and so much in our hands! It can be used to help the world around us in a myriad of ways as well as to connect us to plans we can only fulfill.
Let’s assess what we do have, not what we don’t! It’s time bring out the brilliance you are endowed with and readied to use!
“You already have it! What do you have in your hand?”