Life Beyond The Basket

She came and made herself cozy in that hanging basket on my back porch. The one I had wanted to take down because the flowers it once held had since withered, and all that was left was this scraggly brown testimony to my lack of a green thumb.

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But that crazy dove; she didn’t seem to mind the less-than-lovely surroundings. Week after week, she sat there, nearly immovable. Except for the time off for what I assumed was a quick snack while hubby dove stood guard over the gnarly, makeshift nest.

I thought about how hard it would be to sit motionless as minutes and hours and days flew by. Truth is, I have known that feeling. Maybe you have too. It’s like your spirit is yearning for sky but it is bound to the barren earth. Like your dreams have been grounded by some invisible weight and you’ve been left hanging, stuck in a casket basket in the middle of nowhere.

And, if you’re like me, you get a little fidgety while you’re waiting to get somewhere else. Maybe even a little angry. Until you remember that “to everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

In my season of waiting, as I observed that bird, I reckoned the only thing that could give any creature, or a human for that matter, this kind of patience is to know there’s a purpose. To believe in the promise of something so great that it makes any present discomfort seem worthwhile.

Then it happened…

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And for another couple of weeks, my husband and I watched as the basket, now a cradle, swayed in the wind with mommy dove feeding her newborn, helping it to gain strength.

One day, both mommy and daddy dove started flying around the basket as if to demonstrate the a-b-c’s of successful flying. 24 hours later, their baby flapped its wings and took its first tentative flight.

And, finally, it was time to say goodbye to our feathered friends. The basket had served its purpose. The waiting had yielded the desired results.

The time had come to fly.

Lord, help me to be patient. To stay where I am, learn what I’m supposed to learn and let you prepare and strengthen me for life beyond the basket.

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Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:36 NLT

Dancing On Air



Photo courtesy Linda Moyer © 2011

I think birds are one of the loveliest of all God’s creatures.
Extremely fun to watch too as they flit about
 doing whatever birds do.


They seem to know how to balance work and play.

 I know because I’ve heard them singing. And I have seen them, in between their nest-building assignments, literally dancing on air as they fly circles around one another.


When is the last time we were that carefree?


Today, I am pausing to reflect on the fact that God lovingly provides for ALL of His creation.

 That includes me and you.

 So we do not have to be exhausted with worry or weighed down with the cares of life.


He who cares for the birds cares much more for us because we are “valuable” to Him.
 I know because He said so.


I hope you will trust His message for you.
You are loved. You are valued.


Why don’t we all lay down any weight we might be carrying?
Only then will we be able to fly.

And, who knows?
 We might just find ourselves dancing on air.

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I hope you enjoyed this repost from the archives. 
 
Is there something weighing you down today? 

Release it to God. Trust His promises. Watch the winds of faith begin to move in your life, and don’t be afraid when your feet start to leave the ground.

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What I Know About Birds



Photo courtesy Linda Moyer © 2011

I think birds are one of the loveliest of all God’s creatures.
Extremely fun to watch too as they flit about
 doing whatever birds do.


They seem to know how to balance work and play.

 I know because I’ve heard them singing. And I have seen them, in between their nest-building assignments, literally dancing on air as they fly circles around one another.


When is the last time we were that carefree?


Today, I am pausing to reflect on the fact that God lovingly provides for ALL of His creation.
 That includes me and you.
 So we do not have to be exhausted with worry or weighed down with the cares of life.


He who cares for the birds cares much more for us because we are “valuable” to Him.
 I know because He said so.


I hope you will trust His message for you.
You are loved. You are valued.


Why don’t we all lay down any weight we might be carrying?
Only then will we be able to fly.

And, who knows?
 We might just find ourselves dancing on air.



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Sun After The Rain


There’s something so wonderful about the first ray of sun after a long rainy day (or days as we’ve experienced lately). Even now, as I look out my window, the world looks so beautiful awash in the warm glow of sunshine.

And sunny days bring sweet songs from birds who are busy building their nests and bracing themselves for the next rainstorm. It’s as if the memory of dark days is a far away dream and, even in the midst of their planning and doing, they are able to be joyful.

I hope the sun finds you wherever you may be today. May we join in with all of God’s creatures in a merry song of gratitude.


“Rejoice in the Lord always; I will say it again, Rejoice!”
Phil. 4:4