Isaiah 31:5 – As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it. (KJV)
I am ever in awe as to how birds have a way of taking our cares away, of distracting our thoughts when upset, of how they seem to show up at just the right time.
Such was the case while waiting for the ferry home. I'd left in plenty of time to catch the three o'clock ferry; however, it was a Friday, and as I came within five kilometres of the tollbooth, the traffic was backed up along the shoulder.
We moved one kilometre every 15 minutes, until at one point we were sitting on a bridge over a deep canyon.
Although the bridge was of heavy cement construction, every time a large vehicle rushed past on its way to another destination, the vibration was quite strong and my little car seemed to sway with the rush of wind. It wasn't a very comfortable feeling, as I sat there thinking how the bridge was made to withstand moving traffic, but wondering if it was wanting to support the weight of all the stationary vehicles as well as those in motion.
As I looked out and up to my left, an eagle was gracefully gliding against a clear, blue sky — perhaps putting on a performance for a captive audience. With its wings spread to their fullest, the eagle swooped and glided, soared and fluttered, as it wove its way through the air. It seemed to do something like a figure eight, back and forth — so high, so peaceful, so perfect.
The van in front of me started up, signalling it was time to move yet a little closer to our goal, and this move meant we were off the bridge. Looking back after putting the car into "park", the eagle was nowhere in sight. It had put on its performance while we sat on the bridge and taken my mind off the uneasy feeling I'd had. Once we were back on solid ground, it was gone.
It seems to me there are many ways in which the Lord lets us know He is with us, protecting us, distracting us from our fears. This, I believe, was one.
Prayer: O Lord, we give thanks for the many beautiful things that are put in our path when we face a fear, to let us know that You are near. In Your name we pray. Amen.