The White Feather

March 7, 2009
by Patricia Day

Psalm 91:4 – He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (NKJV)

The white feather floated before my eyes, and slowly, ever so slowly, drifted and landed on the seat beside me.

There was nothing so strange in that, except that I was driving my car, and for the life of me, I could not determine where this feather had come from. After all, it was brutally cold, so the car windows were closed — and no, I did not have a bird in the car with me!

During that day and for several days afterwards, that feather kept coming back into my mind. It got me thinking about what God might be saying about my life. After all, how many times my plans and objectives float before me, and with all the best intentions in the world, I fail to put them into action, and they drift away in my mind and land on infertile ground.

I can be very purposeful and driven, but then so easily lapse into days of just puttering, and I reach the end of a day feeling exhausted but with absolutely nothing productive to show for my tiredness. It's just like a feather caught in a breeze, tossed to and fro, and achieving nothing meaningful. It floats and lands, and then often just comes to a stop.

I think that God was drawing my attention to that failing in my life, and was getting my attention in order to speak into my heart. The appearance of that feather was to capture my fleeting thoughts and call me to purpose my day and plan my actions.

Prayer: Lord, please keep us from useless thinking. May we focus on You and Your will for our lives. Bless us with all that You want to give us, and guide our steps each day, as we strive to accomplish good works, for Your glory. We rest in Your grace, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Patricia Day <pattersday@gmail.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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