It’s what’s going on in the world, plus a short mountain of other things. Some days I need to get some kind of tangible knowing that God sees me in my particular need and circumstances. 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 weights strapped upon 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 He does, except when the pains of this world pummel me and doubt begs me attention. 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 fowl thing, but to me God has used them to show His nearness. A few years back it became common. I would spot feathers on the street or trails, yard or parks–always when I needed to be reminded of God’s love, and nearness.
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 is directed upward, 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. Do you have something that reminds you of His nearness?
That morning, as I opened the door of my car and slid onto the seat, I looked at the console. I sighed a big sigh and immediately smiled. Why? Because I had a feather sitting there. I had found it, put it in the car and it had been out of sight; it must have fallen into the shifter boot of my car and then worked itself back up. I’m not sure of the hows but it was absolute perfect timing! And may I add, I don’t often pray to find a feather. In fact, I hardly ever have, though I do keep my eyes open with hopeful anticipation.
A bit of 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 had started TRAILHEAD, a new Audacious Consulting Experience it was an essential element of what I believed to be part of the experience for those involved. The goal: to use this question to help roll out the new stages of each ladies life, creating a momentum of forward growth.
“What is in your hand?”
In my car that morning I held the feather in my hand. I had a “confirmation feather” revealing and reminding me God was near and 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, “What is already in your hands? 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! And…let’s watch for ways God reminds us He is with us in it all!