A few weeks ago, my husbband sent me an e-mail.
We do that sometimes because it is easier than trying to cover all our bases when he is home and EVERYONE is vying for his attention.
This particular e-mail was an enthusiastic encouragement to show the girls the eagles who are sitting on their nest waiting for new babies to be born.
I passed this e-mail by until later when he was home for the holidays and he asked our oldest if I had shown them the eagles.
Oops…MOM FAIL. I had skimmed the e-mail, deemed no immediate action necessary and gone on to the next action item.
So he got the computer and pulled up the eagle-cam of the eagle sitting on the nest with two eggs beneath her beautiful feathers. It was quite amazing to sit and watch.
I know this because as a family, we set the computer up in a prominent spot so that we could watch. And this is what I heard throughout that day:
“She moved!” “I see the eggs.” “I think I see a crack!” “This must be the daddy bird!”
At first I was fixated on the screen. What was so amazing about this? Yes, this is our national bird and at one time it was considered extinct. But this momma and daddy bird are just doing their jobs. They are doing what comes naturally…so why the big fuss?
But every morning after the initial eagle introduction from daddy, my oldest daughter would check to see if a baby had hatched yet. And finally, one little cotton ball was hatched and we have enjoyed seeing its cute little being when mama moves from the nest.
It has been like the ordinary has become extraordinary. Like doing what comes naturally is all of a sudden supernatural.
Then today I read a familiar passage from Isaiah: “They who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (40:30-31)
After I read this verse, I recollected the eagle I had watched. They are beautiful birds and they are so powerful. Truly amazing creatures.
So I re-read the Isaiah verses and was encouraged that at the strength of eagles doesn’t come from doing everything perfectly or from running yourself ragged…quite the opposite…it comes from waiting on the Lord.
Doing what God called you to do, and wait for the Lord to lead you each step of the way.
These sweet eagles and a few books that I have been reading lately (which I will share soon) have encouraged me as I chose my word for this year.
So without further ado, my word for this year is: LIVE.
LIVE – as in live each day to the fullest; as in live and do not be afraid; as in for me to live is Christ and to die is gain. Live while I am waiting and live while I am soaring because life is for the living.
Not for the contemplating, overthinking, fearing and/or watching. (All of which I have done in the past). It is for the living.
Living means choosing to be in the present. Living means choosing to enjoy the waiting, knowing that God has something in store for you…you must be faithful each step of the way.
Live each day to its fullest potential.
Not for my glory, but for God’s glory.
Because it is all about Him…for His glory and His grace.
What about you? Do you have a word this year? A verse? I would love to hear others’ word/verse/thought! It is always encouraging to hear what others are doing as well!!!
“Encourage one another and build one another up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11