The Feather

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!

Calculated Courage

This painting is part of a collection of work owned by my husband, Jack Anderson painted by his dear friend and remarkable artist, Father Paul O’Donnell. The coffee cup was made by Lydia Mann and is one of my favorite elements of drinking a good cup of coffee.

If courage were a cup of coffee how many times in a day do you pick it up? None most days, you may think but actually we practice it everyday, in small ways if not noticeably large.

Calculated courage takes place when we weigh the known risks. We acknowledge to ourselves elements are not always stable and we all can and will err in judgement at times.

Life. It cannot be fully safe, secure, and serene.

If we never get into the water, never tip our toes in, wade to our ankles, nor feel the buoyancy which takes place as we fully enter in we will miss the swim! Countless swims. Life.

Yet depending on your natural affinity for being in the water, your instructor’s love for teaching, her skills to do so, the balance of sternness and encouragement, which waters you are to learn in, your past experiences, and even how your bathing suit fits, matters.

Do you remember learning to swim? Are you comfortable, apt, strong at it? Or, does it take courage, still? Taking courage to purchase and wear a bathing suit holds lots of us ladies up, right? (Smile)

What areas would you like to tip your toes into? Or, are you already ankle deep, waist deep but need to take up your calculated courage to do so?

I’ve taken lots of risks in life, like everyone. Some more calculated than others. Most reliant upon the grace of God, even if preparations are in place, to make it a “secure” action. But, isn’t that what God wants?

As I thought about Peter desiring to walk on water towards Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, John) and making it a distance. In reading those accounts we often focus on Jesus’ words, as a rebuke for Peter’s lack of faith.

Thinking on Peter recently I gave consideration to how many times I have had the desire and will to get up and out of the boat and to walk on the waters. I’ve done so many times. I’ve experienced success while other times I’ve became fearful, or miscalculated, and needed Jesus to pull me up from possible drownings, embracing me and providing the help I needed.

Would I have rather sat as an observer securely in the boat? As a biblical character, I’m often a Barnabas but also a Peter.

I step out of the boat as I feel led to do so even when my mind, the enemy of my soul, friends, and foes may mock by attempts.

When you and I step out upon life’s waters we need two things: calculated courage and Jesus.

And coffee is a good add-on.

Are you read to make momentum happen with a group of new (or known) friends?

*My latest venture, “Trailhead” is requiring calculated courage. I’m doing the prep, taking the steps, but an obvious call for courage comes with the package.

Consider joining me on this adventure if you live in or close to Eugene, Oregon, you are a female desiring to gain momentum in working your dreams as well as gaining holistic growth in life. See the Trailhead tab for info and more TBA. Additionally, follow AnnetteTrucke: Audacious Consulting on Facebook or email me to be added to a private Facebook group called Trailhead.