Sunday, September 18, 2016

Eating Scraps

I watched an amazing video. It was about a fisherman kneeling on the deck of his fishing boat tossing scraps of food at a large group of beautiful bald eagles. The eagles flew onto the deck and hopped around this man as he threw morsels their way. The video touched me on two levels. On one level,  I saw the obvious kindness of the fisherman offering food to these beautiful creatures. Kindness is always a good thing. On another level, I saw a spiritual metaphor and a word of caution for the Church.

In Scripture we are told in times of waiting that we can mount up on wings like eagles. Isaiah the prophet spoke of God's people waiting on the Lord in our native habitat of spiritual flight and in that time of waiting to rise above the limited and convenient provision provided for us by the wisdom of this world. Strength, provision and revelation has been promised to those who soar in this flight of faith.

Times of waiting are dangerous because in our waiting we can attempt to satisfy our hunger with the scraps thrown at us from sources other than God. These are the scraps offered to us from the bucket of untrustworthy sources. They are scraps of information not tested by the heart of God.

Be careful. Scraps will always be available to feed you in your time of frustrated waiting. Resist these convenient meals.  Follow the instruction of Isaiah and return to the wild altitudes of faith where you were created to soar above the scraps tossed at you from the news media, the fears of other people or the teaching of expired covenants that no longer represent the grace-food of the Father. This is where spiritual eagles were intended to fly and find their provision.

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