It is in the Great Faithfulness of the Almighty Father through the Living Word of His Everlasting Son, Jesus the Christ, that we find strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. His mercies fail not they are new every morning! And this Son, Jesus, is the Same–yesterday, today and forever! He is Faithful and True. I know that my Redeemer lives and I shall be with Him in that Day.
(Great Is Thy Faithfulness)
Yesterday heading through a nearby small town along a familiar route, my eyes were drawn again to the large anchor in the parking lot of an “Odds & Ends” shop. It’s location at a busy cross-roads intersecting byways that connect to some of my favorite places of walking and talking with the Lord have brought me to this place numerous times to mention. Once more, I did not take time to stop to capture a photo but its image was indelibly impressed upon me.
This morning, the image of that anchor returned in answer to a friend,
God Will Not Forget You!!! God’s Promises Bring Hope!!! God Gave His Word!!!
When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.
Perhaps a VISUAL aid is not a bad idea? It is said that a picture speaks a THOUSAND words.
My errands continued past the anchor and landed me on a local nature trail. Physically and spiritually the eyes and ears attuned to receive a Word from the LORD for the object of my prayers – a friend in need. The Lord again spoke just one word, “seasons”.
A relatively obvious message was in the lovely butterflies receiving their nourishment despite the sharp edges on the budding thistle but the deeper message came after discovering a downy soft, fledgling bird at the edge of a clearing. Had it fallen from the nest? Where were its parents? There was no anxious parent fluttering close by and no nest in sight yet the youth sat unperturbed by my presence, firmly gripping the tender limb of a sapling.
Taking only its picture, I decided to leave it for my return to determine its welfare. It was gone! The same heavenly Father who instilled the instinct to hold fast, also gave its fledgling feathers strength to fly. Truly, in Him we live and move and have our being!
His plan was in the bird’s DNA before it was hatched.
There was more! Comparing its photo to online references, it is a red-eyed vireo fledgling. They sing up to 20,000 songs a day! The red-eye made me think of “catching the red-eye” just before the dawn.
His presence rather than song drew my attention. I had the distinct feeling of being “watched” while drawing closer.
The lyrics to an old familiar hymn, “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me” came immediately to mind. I am all the more certain of it. Our Father in heaven neither slumbers or sleeps but watches over His Word to perform it. (Psalm 121:4; Jeremiah 1:12) He sings over us with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7; There is no exhausting of His love and mercies they are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23) Morning by morning new mercies I see – Great Is Thy Faithfulness!
The size of the bird does not determine the potency of its faith. It only took one touch of the HEM of Christ’s garment for the woman’s life-threatening blood condition to be healed and no one act of faith is insignificant or unnoticed by God. Jesus knew and He not only commended her for her faith, He stopped and gave the pulpit to her for the testimony to God’s faithfulness and her grasping hold of that eternal truth.
Like the red-eyed vireo fledgling, we have been given everything we need that pertains to life and godliness by KNOWING our Father’s love given in Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection life. Faith starts life just as Jesus did, as a Seed, and it is sown into the God’s land, mens’ hearts, where His holy DNA perseveringly responds to the seasons and conditions it passes through. God’s DNA is the faith in the One who was and is and ever more shall be – He is the Living Word that can not lie – He is the One that has gone to prepare a place for us -He is the Resurrection and the Life and He holds the keys of death and life- the Lord Christ Jesus!
Our faith is centered, anchored in the midst of all circumstances in every season as we celebrate the victorious Jesus!
Yesterday, before driving past the anchor again, and stopping by the baby vireo, I noticed a church sign –
Too often we center around the circumstances that hold us back from all that Jesus set us free to partake of – His goodness, mercy, love, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. He already paid the high price with His death and then rose again with healing in His wings. He sits at the right hand of God the Father and we are surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses – yes, angels and the righteous who have gone on ahead are watching to cheer us on. We are in a race to the finish line and the second verse that came to me is from the same chapter as the first –
Hebrews 6:12-15, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
This is the lesson that patience teaches that those who ENDURE to the END are saved. The enemy is not going to stop trying to come between you and God but he is not all powerful, all knowing, or all places and when we draw near to God in submission to His perfect plan for us, we are in the right place to resist the devil for he can not penetrate the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91)
Remember the fledgling red-eyed vireo and how it was enabled with strength to fly and knew instinctually to hold – for this is the life of faith. This is the victory that overcomes the world. We see the end and know that Jesus is not only the Word that was in the beginning but He is the Same, yesterday, today and forever. He is there at the “finish line” when we cross over.
To the young in faith,
Jesus said, “Don’t stop children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:14)
As we spread our wings, His ever watchful eye is on us. We are the apple of His eye that never closes on us. He is faithful to watch over His Word to perform it in us.
Oh what joy, what lightness of heart are ours! Are we like the red-eyed vireo with its endless song of rejoicing? There is given to us great and exceedingly precious promises and we know that our Redeemer LIVES and we shall also live forever with Him as His family.
I want to be like my Father and hark the heraldry of His heavenly Kingdom throughout the earth. To be like the red-eyed vireo with its persistent song that is legendary among songbirds.
This bird, not always seen, may sing for long periods of time; it appears to be endlessly repeating the same question and answer–even on the hottest days when other birds are silent, and even while grappling with the large insects it captures and fiercely defending its nest.
I will sing forever about the evidence of your mercy, O Lord.
I will tell about your faithfulness to every generation. (Psalm 89:1)
I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us — yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.