No Swift Moves

When I lived in Missouri I worked as an editor for a newspaper called the Pleasant Hill Times. My friend Connie bought the newspaper and asked me to help her out, so I did for about 9 months as she was launching this new endeavor. While doing that, I met a couple that owned a bird rehab sanctuary. They had owls, peacocks, parrots, finches, horses, chickens, cats, all the things. It was a mini zoo in the city called Pleasant Hill, MO.

One day I was at her house to take some pictures and do an interview of her and her husband to highlight them in the paper, as I was doing a series about some of the incredible people who lived in that small town. While there she let me hold an owl, and at one point there were multiple macaws on my shoulder. I remember her telling me we needed to move slowly or it would spook these large gorgeous birds.

I remembered this time in my life as I was reading Matthew 3:16 today, “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him.” One thing I have learned is that the spirit of God is not in a hurry. He is never darting here and there as though needing to rush in any way. There is a rhythm to the Holy Spirit’s movement.

In a culture that is continually in a hurry, I remember the instructions of that woman in the bird sanctuary that told me not to make any swift moves or it would spook the bird. If we want the Holy Spirit to rest on us, we must not be in such a hurry. God is not anxious, He is not worried, He is not running late, He is not going to miss anything and neither will we if we let the dove rest on us and we don’t try to rush here and there. Shalom my friends, God never misses anything, ever!

God Has Another Move

The enemy loves to make us anxious by lying to us about who we are, who God is, and about what God can do. It is long past time we stop giving the enemy airtime in our heads, for he is the accuser of the brethren. It is time to trust only the voice of God our Father, who always sends help right on time.

Circumstances are screaming at many people right now, saying “you are going under; no one is going to help you; what are you going to do now!” The enemy loves to rub your nose in your poor decisions, but God is our Father and He has not left us to fend for ourselves, to figure it out, or even to get ourselves out of this mess, whatever that mess may be. No, our God is not trying to teach us a lesson with these current challenges we are facing.

Psalm 68 says, “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him. A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity!”

I do not know what challenges you are facing, what circumstances are screaming at you, what difficulties you are trying to navigate, but this I do know, the enemy is a liar, God is our Father and we are His children. He will provide, He will heal, He will deliver, He will open the door, He will create the path, He will, He will, He will!

The song I am singing daily is by Elevation Worship and it is called Another One. Here are some of the lyrics in case you want to sing with me, “You do everything on purpose; I can feel Your Spirit stirring; I’ve been praying, You’ve been working; Working it all for good. So fan the flame and keep it burning; You’re refining in the furnace; So all the waiting will be worth it; Cause You’re working it all for good. Miracle after miracle; Open door after open door; Here it comes; So get ready for another one; Cause another one is on the way!”

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