When the storms come - are you a turkey or an eagle?

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By Bea Wallen

  From a Mothers Heart

When the storms come – Are you a turkey or an eagle?

 All of us face storms in our lives that may render us helpless. Dryness and darkness, trial and turmoil, storm and suffering.

Clouds that obscure everything and everyone else.

Think of what bad things have swept into your life rendering you helpless. Death? Divorce? Disease? Debt? Instead of living delivered did your loved one from die cancer? Has a feud erupted in your family? Has a betrayal occurred in your marriage? Has a rebellious child challenged your parenting? Have you lost a job? Has a sad ending come in the miscarriage of a child?

Besides feeling totally helpless what has been your reaction?

Are you defiantly standing in the midst of the swirling circumstances, yelling in your spirit to God, why did you let this bad thing happen? Or maybe you’re withdrawing into a shell of denial and depression, hoping that things won’t get any worse.

I have heard that a turkey and an eagle react differently to the threat of a storm.

A turkey runs under the barn, hoping the storm won’t come near. An eagle leaves the security of its nest, spreads its wings and rides the air currents of the storm, knowing its wings will carry it higher in the sky than it could soar on it own.

Based on your reaction to what has happened in your life which are you a turkey or an eagle? According to Isaiah 40:29, we read that “he gives power to the weak and to those who have no might he increases strength.” (verse 31) But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like a eagles. They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Many of the trials, suffering, turmoil and storms that I mentioned have occurred in my own life or the lives of many family members.

Death and cancer has run its course. I’ve lost two brothers due to cancer along with two nieces and a nephew. Just this week I went to Knoxville to take a sister to the hospital for surgery because of breast cancer. She suffered the loss of three of her children. I suffered the loss of two children. We lost our youngest sister due to ALS (Lou Garrighs Disease). We’ve lost another brother and sister due to other illnesses as well as our parents. We both have lost a grandchild. One of our daughters suffered two miscarriages. There has been betrayal and divorce in the loves of siblings or our children. The list could go on but I don’t want to tire you of my own troubles because many of you have enough of your own.

It’s natural for me to be a turkey at times in my emotions, when I feel like I just want to pull the covers over my head and hide. But I have chosen to be an eagle in my spirit. And as I have spread my wings of faith to embrace the wind, placing my trust in Jesus and Jesus alone. I have experienced some quiet everyday miracles. His power has lifted my burdens, his joy has balanced my pain, his peace has calmed my worries, his grace has been more than adequate to cover me, his strength has been sufficient to carry me through, his love has bathed my wounds with a healing balm.

God has brought me through spiritual dryness, through the darkness of confusion, disappointment and depression; storms of disease, death, and disasters and other upheavals; through valleys and on to mountain top experiences.

Mountains can represent difficulties, obstacles, hardships and stress because of the effort required to climb them but God can give us the strength to climb.

We don’t understand all of the why’s in life but we can trust our heavenly father to be with us through the storms because he cares for us. See Peter 5:6-9.

The Bible says, “Now we see through a glass dimly, but one day we will see him face to face.” See 1 Corinthians 13-12. So in the midst of your storms look expectantly for him.

From my heart