resources for your journey with jesus
Yesterday, after weeks of rainy weather, the SoCal sun finally decided to shine and I couldn't wait to throw open all the doors. Apparently doves aren't sheltering-in-place or maintaining social distance because soon one flew right into my living room. Joe and I quickly closed the blinds and moved away from the door so it would leave the way it came, but instead the poor thing just kept flying back and forth, banging into this wall and that, occasionally landing as you can see. The traumatized bird finally dropped to the floor so I threw a sheet over it and carried it outside, (a trick my brother taught me years ago).
I've been watching the mama and daddy hanging out in our trees all year, but this was the first time I'd seen a baby. I love these birds with their gentle coos and constant reminder of the Holy Spirit.
Anyway, I laid the the poor dove down on a rock and unwrapped the sheet, thinking it would take off, but it just sat there. Worried that it might be injured, I lightly tapped it's side, and that bird was off in a flash.
As we anticipate TWO OR MORE weeks of this pandemic lock-down, or as it is more politely called "sheltering-in-place," I'm pretty sure God sent me that dove to remind me of a few things.
BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS
I wish I could tell you how deeply spiritual I have felt through this pandemic, or how I've risen above the circumstances daily to dwell in heavenly places, but to be honest, I've often felt like I'm banging around from wall to wall, trying desperately to figure a way out of this mess.
That baby dove reminded me that not only will Jesus do whatever it takes to set me free, but that when I finally stop flailing, He will always be there, waiting to place His presence over me like some sort of security blanket.
How's CLOVID19 going for you?
MY GIFT TO YOU
I've created some resources that I hope will encourage you over these next few weeks. It includes a prayer guide for seniors, a Five-Day devotional on Psalm 134, a couple of memes to share and a youtube video you will love. Just click on the image below.
Tricia McCary Rhodes
Author of 7 books and pastor of Global Leadership Development at All Peoples Church in San Diego, Tricia specializes in helping others experience God’s presence through practicing soul-care.