If only I could learn to just stop flapping...

Driving home from church today, it was very chilly and the wind was so blustery! I was fighting to keep the car in my lane inbetween the gusts of wind, when I noticed a hawk flying parallel with the interstate. It intrigued me that for as long as I watched him, he didn't flap his wings, but instead was just gliding along, riding the wind currents. I couldn't help but think that the same wind that I was fighting, this hawk was using to keep him from working harder as he was just riding it out...effortlessly.

I realized that during the strongest "winds" of my life, when I feel as though I'm being tossed about, I continue to flap my wings harder, thinking I can control the situation and steer myself out of the storm. But if I would just ride the wind currents, "I" wouldn't have to do anything but glide. Sometimes I just need a little reminder to stop...to be still...and allow myself to glide in the sheltering arms of my Father.

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

12 sweet friends had to say...:

Lynne said...

A beautiful lesson. Thanks, Tracey.

erin said...

i love that!

i found you through amanda's site, i hope you don't mind!

love,
erin

Musicaljean said...

Absolutely profound, Tracey! Wow, I need to remember that.

By the way, I surely hope you didn't take that picture while you were also trying to hard to steer your car!!

Di-dan said...

That is a great message and NOT the one I got from the winds today! :-) It's been incredibly windy and cold here too.

I laughed at Jean's comment about not taking the picture when you were driving...How funny!

chrome dome said...

Thank you, hon, for the reminder. Sometimes it's hard to "cast" our cares upon HIM. ILY

Tonja said...

Isn't it wonderful how God sends us little messages all along to help and strengthen us? Of course, we have to be willing to hear what He is saying.
So, thanks for 2 lessons.., "the wind" and "remembering to listen".
Blessings.

NspiredByFaith said...

What a great perspective! Unfortunatly I too have often found myself flapping away, and when I finally let go and let God, of course, He got it right!

It was soooo windy in North Alabama today too! And spitting snow!

The Preacher's Wife said...

I sometimes wonder why I was given dominion over them (the created order, that is). They aren't smart enough to fight..I'm not smart enough not to..:)) What wisdom from the smallest of things...

Joan said...

A truly beautiful anology on placing our dependence on Him and not on ourselves.

Rhoda said...

I have to constantly remind myself of the same concept...not to try to control everything. Why do we do that? Women just like to be in control & it's a very hard place to be when we discover that we in fact, are not. I'm learning this the hard way these past few months, but isn't God patient with us?

Rhoda
Southern Hospitality

Jungle Mom said...

I am a flapper too. BTW, I love the title, Chrome Dome! Lol! Thats great!

justabeachkat said...

I loved this post. Great lesson. Beautiful photo too!

(We made it to Knoxville tonight.)

 
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