[He prayed to the Lord who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign]
It’s time to inject some purposeful positivity into “Captain’s Blog!” I’m in a right ready mood to break the trend of all the woes that made me feel as if Captain’s blog wasn’t such a great idea. Though the “flying lessons” aren’t truly over till we’re caught up in the the clouds with Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:17 ), it’s been amazing to shift gears and veer away from the wind.
Drawn out of the Nest
Did you know that baby birds aren’t typically pushed out of the nest? (I didn’t!) Like human parents, and I suppose even God Himself, the mother bird will slowly draw her babies out of the nest.
Human parents may use a toy or food to garner excitement and motivation. Wanting what the parent has to offer, the child will move towards the object.
With the mother bird, it’s apparently much the same. Baby birds are fed at regular intervals; they learn to expect the mother to return with food to satiate their hunger. The mother bird will stand further and further back to entice her young ones to come out of the nest.
However, it’s been reported, that on occasion a mother bird will be forced to push a baby out of the nest. This is for the good of her young; a bird that doesn’t learn to fly won’t survive; it must leave the nest. Is it any wonder then, that we’re told to seek the Lord? It’s for our own protection. (Isaiah 55:6-9)
Moving Closer to God
Thankfully, when I was encouraged out of my “nest” I did move closer to God, and I am learning to “fly.” Alright, so perhaps sometimes I hit a bit of turbulence, or I come in for a crash landing, but I’ll get the hang of it. Thankfully, those winds of change do come.
Reminders and a Sign
Before I was given my reminder and sign, I was determinedly set on trying to figure out how to improve my health. I wasn’t giving it to God. Instead, I was trying to figure things out on my own. At this point in time my health being a constant challenge was weighing heavy on me, more specifically, the chronic fatigue.
As I read more about my condition I was trying various different things, such as vitamins and autoimmune diets, and I was set on figuring out all of my food sensitivities. I started to feel better, but just when I thought something was finally working, my body informed me that I was wrong. This was only a temporary reprieve.
Discouraged, I was ready to throw my hands up in the air. This is when I was reminded, one morning, that I don’t receive the things I need because I don’t ask.
Why hadn’t I been asking? Well, for starters I’ve seen a lot of people struggle with their health, and not many recieve healing. I assumed that God must say, ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ quite often. I was also determined that His grace would be sufficient for me too, but apparently He wants us to keep “bugging” Him. (Luke 11:5-13 ) It’s not as if He has a limited supply of blessings, so we can ask for more, in fact He even encourages this. (1 Chronicles 4:10)
As my grandpa would have said to his C-B’r buddies: ‘Breaker breaker’ and ‘10-4 good buddy.’ If you aren’t familiar with the lingo, ‘breaker breaker’ is slang for ‘I want to start a transmission with you’ and ‘10-4’ means ‘acknowledged’ or even ‘I hear you loud and clear.’ It can also be used to emphasize agreement.
The Lord was coming in loud and clear as He nudged me to start that transmission with Him, so I acknowledged His ‘Breaker breaker’ with my ‘10-4 good buddy.’ Isn’t it amazingly wonderful that we can be friends with God!? While I’d been asking for some of the things that I needed, asking for help with my health, or for strength hadn’t occurred to me.
The sky was clear the Summer day that “my” eagle made its appearance. Right off the bat, I was speaking plainly to God, saying this: ‘Nothing’s working, I can’t figure this out, Lord. I’m so fatigued, and it’s becoming more challenging just to get out and walk. I could really use some more strength.’
Just as I prayed these last words I heard an eagle’s cry. Searching the sky, I spotted an eagle and my mind went immediately to Isaiah 40:31 Looking back, I guess one could say that God’s return transmission was received!
As I watched “my eagle” soaring above, I thought to myself, ‘That was such a cool reminder!’ However, I wasn’t sure if God had orchestrated this. Had He really provided an eagle at that very moment? Was this just coincidence or wishful thinking?
It felt too “coincidental” to me that just as I was praying for strength, I’d receive a visual reminder to wait on my Father in heaven for that renewing of my strength. It wouldn’t be the first time He’s provided a sign that brought me comfort, peace, and reassurance. I kept walking and praying. I also continued to think about “my” eagle.
At this point in time, I’d been reading through the Bible cover to cover. The Old Testament, in particular, was where I felt I could use so much more understanding. This time through, disappointingly, things weren’t becoming any clearer to me.
Feeling as if I was still missing things was beginning to frustrate and bother me. As I continued my walk, I brought this up with the Lord as well, asking Him to please help me see what I’m just not seeing.
I was now on the home stretch when I suddenly wondered if “my” eagle was still within view. I’d just asked for more help when I lifted my eyes. I was surprised at what I was seeing! It wasn’t an eagle!
Instead, a convocation of eagles now circled the sky just ahead of me! Immediately, I began to count them. When I counted 7 of them, I had no doubt that this was a sign from God. I was also convinced that my original eagle was from Him as well.
My smile couldn’t have become any wider. As I walked the rest of the way home I was on cloud nine! If you’d have seen me walking down the street that day, I’m sure you would have thought that I was a girl in love. In fact, I was, and I am! I was thrilled!
My God Will Provide
Believing that God had heard me, I felt that He was reassuring me that He was with me. I was also certain this sign meant that He would provide. My hope soared that day. I’m sure you’ll have no problem understanding why I happily exclaim “My eagle!” whenever I sight one.
Since then, the journey has definitely been interesting, even if health matters are still somewhere up in the air. To tell you the truth, many things are up in the air right now.
Though God hasn’t healed me, He’s strengthened me in other ways and taught me to weather the storms. Does this mean I won’t receive physical healing? I don’t believe this is necessarily the case. I know that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, so I haven’t abandoned my original understanding of healing.
“In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign.” — 2 Chronicles 32:24
“Though I don’t have all the answers, I will trust you just the same” –Lincoln Brewster/While I Wait