When life gets chaotic, and pressures increase, my natural inclination is to keep my head down, my actions on auto-pilot, and my brain on standby. I get going and get ‘er done, just to keep from falling to pieces. If I pause to think, I will be undone.
This season has brought a wave of change, and I’m coping, just. But is this the best way forward?
It struck me that I need a fresh perspective. I need to re-engage, not be dis-engaged. Instead of charging blindly forward, I need to be recharged. Inhale, exhale, breathe, slow my body, deliberately slow my brain.
I would do well to take a lesson from the birds. Perhaps a bird’s eye view is exactly what is needed. A view from above, in more ways than one, can lift me up.
The Message Bible
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And He knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. (from Isaiah 40).
A bird’s eye view
Perched regally upon a dead tree, an eagle calmly surveys its surroundings. I’m thrilled to see it, just across from me. Not so thrilled about my lack of a camera. Running home down the steep hill, labouring back up with camera in hand, I was relieved to see the large bird still on its branch. Panting, my first photos were blurry and out of focus. The eagle remained still, except for its head, swivelling slowly from side to side. I slowed my breathing and crept closer.
As I did, I noticed several crows swooping towards the eagle, cawing loudly. Yet the eagle remained unconcerned in the face of these nattering and noisome circumstances. Bombarded by heckling crows, this bird maintained its composure.
A bird’s lesson
That’s how I want to react when I feel under pressure and attacked by noisome worries and out of control circumstances. Calm in the face of chaos. Patient and willing to wait for the strength God promised would come. Content with his timing not mine.