Recently I was sitting on my balcony enjoying the early morning quiet and the freshness of a new day. My balcony is above the tree line so I have a wonderful view of the sky. This day the sky was a soft watery blue with a few big fluffy white clouds. It was a nice if somewhat ordinary morning. The only unusual thing about it was me. I am not an early riser and it was very early–just after dawn.
As I was sitting there–just sitting there–no book or music or distractions… I saw two red-tail hawks soaring through the clouds. I have often seen the hawks. There has even been a time or two when there has been one resting on the railing of my balcony. That is quite a gift! These birds sort of look like business men to me, maybe bankers. They are big and very serious and neat and important looking in their feather suits.
This particular morning, perhaps because it was so early and because I am a night owl and do not often see the dawn and its special beauty, I was fascinated by these two hawks. I do love watching the birds, all the birds, in the sky. But this was different.
As I watched they would swoop and dive then fly high where they would catch an air current. Then they would spread their big powerful wings and just soar! Up and down and back and forth. They were magnificent! And it looked like they were having the time of their lives. Just being red-tail hawks letting the currents take them soaring and enjoying the ride.
Seeing this splendid display of natural beauty made me wonder…
We work–flapping our wings–working hard and long to be successful, to be noticed, to be rewarded. But in our striving do we notice the times the “air current” is there for us to ride? Times and opportunities when we can stretch out our wings and rest on the current just being who we are and where we are.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles.
They run and don’t get tired they walk and don’t lag behind
Isa 40:31 The Message Bible
How many blessings do we miss because we do not or will not spread our wings and just soar through the clouds of our lives?