Psalm 147:16 – He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. (NIV)
Snow-shy birds recently back from warmer climates sang me awake to a crystalline glaze frosting every surface. I walked outside with my golden canine companion across crusty puddles that crunched and crackled underfoot. Elliot sniffed around while I refilled empty feeders. Cheerful, tittering birds immediately sought snow-hidden morsels beneath the feeders. Their joy lightened my uneasiness about an eye examination later that day. As my dog and I walked up the block to post some bills, Canadian geese winged overhead honking in "V" formation northward.
When my dog and I arrived at the ponds, geese were already swimming in the small slice of open water while others waddled along the shore. Elliot's eyes followed the large birds across the wide field. His nose lifted to sniff, and then, he gave a low "woof". He dropped his head to the ground to search for other scents. A gander honked an alert to his geese. Almost in unison, their wings beat the air as they soared in a wide arc across the ponds. As a favourite verse flew into my mind, my soul soared with them.
Isaiah 40:31 – 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. (NIV)
A peace entered my heart that carried me through the stress of a day buzzing with activity. At the doctor's office, the test indicated a slight deterioration in my vision that required glasses for most tasks. Praise God, there was a remedy. I wondered why I had allowed myself to fret in the first place. God had walked alongside me throughout the day, calming my fears and allowing my soul to soar like eagles … or even geese.
When we focus our thoughts on God instead of on our troubles, God's peace and presence will reward us as we forge ahead.
Prayer: Loving God, grant us an awareness of Your presence, and enable us to trust You completely when we walk through our daily troubles, for we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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