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Topic: BUSY (08/15/19)
- TITLE: Cleared for Takeoff
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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Energetic fairy-like birds whooshed past my second floor window, targeting the sweet-scented star jasmine climbing the wall. Whirring and twitters of the hummingbirds sounded out bzzz, zoom, cheedip-cheedip, zoom, while they flit flower to flower, unaware of the feral cats posed to pounce on unsuspecting birds. The strays, however, were not the problem for one particular hummingbird that became trapped in my upstairs apartment alcove.
I discovered the bitty bird frantically darting back and forth across the four-foot span, struggling to free himself from the perceived prison. Unable to redirect his panicky movements down and out to the open sky, I left him alone, believing him safe from the felines. Peeking out a short while later, I spotted him â€” gasping in exhaustion, clutching the stucco wall over my neighborâ€™s door. Gently plucking off the frightened bird, I stepped downstairs, stretching out my hand to set him free. Too weary to take flight, he lay quivering and helpless.
Gently encasing the bird with my fingers, I entered my kitchen, prepared a sugar-water tonic, placing it in a small lid. Returning to the grassy area, I opened my hand for release. The debilitated birdâ€™s ruby-red chest heaved in terror as I brought the container to his beak. The needle-like tongue cautiously snaked out, tasting the sugar water before greedily lapping up the juice. Minutes later â€” his energy renewed, the hummingbird flew away.
How like that little bird are we in our service to God. We joyfully flit back and forth from ministry to ministry, but then lose focus of where the Lord wants us. Feeling trapped in a job that is no longer fun, we are resentful of yet another task. Exhaustion and discontent leave our hearts and minds unguarded against Satanâ€™s attacks on our emotional well-being.
God tells us to rest in Him - not in our own strength, and He will supply the physical and mental resources for the ministry. The ensnared hummingbird trusted me to help him. Despite fear, he rested, took nourishment, and was restored to mount up on his wings. Likewise, instead of dashing job to job, captive to futile over-activity, rest in the protective palm of the Lord. Step back from busywork, spend time in prayer, worship, and reading the Bible. God will restore you to once again resume your flight into service for Him.
Dear Lord, Thank you for your protection, guidance and rest. Amen
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