Really?

Are you a bird on a wire?

You’ve just been through it — and now you feel like you’re hanging out to dry.

If yes, then there are promises in God’s Word for you today …

There was a psalmist who felt just like this bird on a wire. He said, “I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins. I stay awake. I am like a solitary bird on a roof” (Psalm 102:6-7 HCSB).

And do you know what that psalmist did? He prayed. He cried out to the Lord in his pain, and the Lord heard his prayer, and came to his help and rescue.

Sometimes, things can just come against you in such a way that you only have one thing to say, “Really?” You walk outside a building and it’s pouring rain and you have no umbrella. “Really?” The wind is really blowing and you’re looking around for a place to run for cover. “Really?” Like a bird on a wire, alone in the storm, wet and shaken from the elements, you’re stopping long enough to catch your breath. Always remember this dear friend, “if God is for us, who is against us” (Romans 8:31). Nothing can thwart God’s plan for your life and man’s actions always – yes, always – play into the hands of God.

I was out shooting some photos in an early morning myPhotoWalk just before sunrise. I had both of my cameras, the Nikon D7000 and Nikon D800E, and my long telephoto lens that I use for getting closeups of birds and other wildlife. So I saw this bird sitting on the electrical wires. And it really looked as though this bird had been through it so to speak. And I thought, “You know what — I totally relate to this bird. Its feathers are all freaked out and it looks as though it just went through a war or something.” I have to smile. Because sometimes life is just like this.

Here’s what the psalmist said in Psalm 102:12-17 —

But You, O LORD, abide forever, and Your name to all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, for the appointed time has come. Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones and feel pity for her dust. So the nations will fear the name of the Lord and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For the Lord has built up Zion; He has appeared in His glory. He has regarded the prayer of the destitute and has not despised their prayer.
Psalm 102:12-17

Oh I love these words today. In them I see that God rules over all. He is all-powerful and is the King. Everything and everyone bows to Him and His great glory. And He regards the prayer of those who don’t have the power, who have seemingly nothing, and never despises their prayer. And now is the time for grace and compassion to pour out on a person in need. The best thing you can do when you are hung out to dry like this bird on a wire is cry out to your Lord who rules over all and is Creator of heaven and earth.

I like how this bird is attentive and focused – safe there on the wire – maybe even catching a break from whatever it is that ruffled its feathers. And the other thing I love about this bird is that it has not given up. No, it’s got plans. It’s looking around. Thinking about things. And soon, it is going to be on its way to recovery and renewal. Just wait and see. This bird is going through a time of refreshment and rejuvenation and soon it will fly off to new and amazing places. For this bird is made for flight. And though it passes through storms sometimes, the time for grace and compassion will come, and the bird will soar to new heights.

The psalmist knows where to fix its gaze — on the Lord who abides forever. Forget the temporal, and keep your eye focused on the eternal. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Lord’s Word never passes away. The things of this world are temporal, but the things of heaven, of the Lord, are eternal.

So today, dear friend, don’t lose heart for very long. Be encouraged by this little bird on a wire. Get refreshed, look away from the things that are bringing you down, and fix your gaze on the One who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

God bless you dear friend, as you continue on in the great adventure of knowing Him.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Bird On A Wire
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  • Description: On a quiet morning myPhotoWalk with the Lord in Palm Desert, California, USA, I captured this bird on a wire.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 08/2/14
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, 80.0-400.0 mm, Focal Length 400.0 mm, f/11.0, Exposure 1/160 sec, ISO 800.
  • Photoshoot: Morning PhotoShoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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