Today has been a quiet day. I read my devotions and scripture references that followed. I reflected on the goodness of God and how He is in complete control no matter how much the news is trying to convince us otherwise. God’s peace is covering me and I’m thankful for that.
I haven’t turned the television or music on. My thoughts are the loudest noise I hear while I anticipate hearing from God concerning the direction I’m to go.
The last week I’ve had work done in my home. A lot of things that have been taken down and moved need to be replaced. One thing I can say for sure that most things will not end up in the same place. Just maybe that is a good thing. I will have a place that will look new even though it’s only been rearranged. Some things will not reappear. Some pieces will be given away and some will be thrown away. It’s a new day.
That is how I’m thinking about the way I want my life to be when we become free birds again. I’m not interest in adding every single thing I use to do back into my life. I enjoy the quiet days – days I either do something or do nothing. I work on projects I didn’t have time to do before with the hustle and bustle of going here, there, and everywhere with no end in sight. I will choose the most important activities I like and put the others on the shelf of my thoughts to revisit at a later date. My life will not be the same as before.
Today I will fill my Hummingbird feeders out so they can come back and visit regularly. Maybe I’ll soak in the tub while enjoying Smooth Jazz and a sip of something.
This will continue to be a quiet day for me. How about you?
Once I heard someone tell what an eagle goes through when they are being transformed. It’s seems like they are being remodeled; being taken down to the studs. Just like a house being remodeled they look like a mess. I wonder if they even know what they shall be when it is all done. When their remodel is complete they get to test their new wings. I’m sure they have better wings, more powerful wings that will help them soar higher to the highest heights. I’m going to soar as high as I can go to heights unknown to me on a new path with my wings of new life.
The day has come to test my wings
To fly away and begin again
A new adventure in my life
Where I’ve not been before
I maintain control
Up and down
With my wings I soar
Peering through keen eyes
Looking for my place
Where I am to be
To start anew
Can’t return to the place of old
It was temporary
Has grown cold
I don’t fit there anymore
Taking a deep breath and letting go
Using my wings of new life
Ezekiel 36:26-27-The Voice
26 I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh. 27 And I will put My Spirit inside of you and inspire you to live by My statutes and follow My laws.
Sheila’s life was not a picture of good fortune and great blessings. Over the course of the years one tragedy after another occurred in her life. There was no one to comfort her, help her through the trying times. As a result of the trials and tribulations her heart grew harder and harder until she couldn’t feel anything. Sheila had become a crotchety old woman in her young age.
She didn’t have a friend. Her relatives avoided her. Family gatherings always ended up in arguments. Her invitations became few and far between. Sheila couldn’t help herself—she didn’t know how to stop causing trouble and wanted everyone to feel the pain she felt. Everyone was against her—or so she thought. She spent many nights crying herself to sleep.
One evening Sheila was flipping through the channels on her television. Back and forth, back and forth she flipped, not finding anything that struck her fancy. I’m not watching that minister on that Christian channel. I don’t want to hear what he has to say. After going through the channels a few more times she gave in and watch the minister.
Someone just tuned in who’s had many tragedies throughout their life. Nothing seemed to go right. The Lord is saying to you if you will release your stony heart to Him, He will replace it with a new tender heart of flesh. He will also put His Spirit in you and inspire you to live your life for Him. He said don’t be afraid. He has it all worked out for you—a glorious transformation and a new life-like you’ve never lived before. He loves you with an everlasting love and He wants to shed His everlasting love in your heart.
Sheila was stunned. The minister was speaking to her. She thought her life would always be the same—sorrow and no joy. Sheila fell to her knees and cried out to The Lord. I release my stony heart to you Lord. I receive a new heart of flesh. Put your Spirit inside me and inspire me to live for you. I believe I’ve been transformed. Thank you.
In an instant it felt like a weight was lifted off Sheila. She felt free-free to be. I won’t turn back. I won’t let anyone steal this from me.