Saturday we made a trek to Shiloh National Park and did some bike riding.
The day was perfect, not too hot nor too cold.
Toward the end of the ride, we came around a curve just in time to see an eagle fly into its nest.
Immediately, the crowd that had gathered around the tree and had apparently been waiting for quite some time, began taking pictures, pointing and making exclamations.
I couldn’t believe it, there was no way possible we could have picked a better time to come whizzing around the curve.
It was an amazing sight and we watched the birds enormous wings carry him safely into his nest.
What is further amazing is that though we had not known this would happen, others had sat there waiting for a long time, anticipating the event.
It was then God reminded me that He is always at work. That He is always faithful. That it truly is He and He alone who orchestrates all life’s events.
Had we been a few minutes earlier or later, we would have missed this spectacular sight.
Yet, at just the right time, we caught a glimpse of the eagle flying home.
Many times, we get worked up trying to make things happen in our lives. We strive and struggle to bring events about.
All the while God is at work, bringing into fulfillment what He has prepared.
I’m learning that it is best to live a life fully surrendered to Him. A life that comes before Him, praying only that His good and perfect will be accomplished.
Throughout Scripture, this has been the case. A seemingly random encounter, such as Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. Yet, to God nothing about this was an accident. It was a planned event, scheduled since the creation of the world.
For like the fifth time, I’m re-reading the book Anything by Jeanie Allen. This is a prayer of complete surrender she and her husband prayed again and again. They prayed anything and asked God to fulfill whatever He had for them.
She said, an anything with a but attached to the end, is not an anything.
Anything involves complete surrender to the One who tells the sun where to set and the ocean tide where to stop.
I’m realizing that this is the best and most peaceful place to be.
For just as the kids and I saw the eagle, though it was neither planned nor orchestrated by us.
The Lord can and will bring about His perfect plans for us and for you as we yield ourselves fully unto Him.