Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sabbath Rest: Where Do You Go at the End of the Season?
Today's devotion is taken from Catherine Martin's Set My Heart on Fire.
Perhaps you know the story of the Texas rancher and the eagle. The rancher, hunting in the mountains, came upon an eagle's nest and took one of the eggs back home with him, placing it under a setting hen. The eagle was hatched and cared for by the mother hen. For some period of time, the eagle seemed perfectly content to remain in the barnyard and feed along with the chickens. But one day, it heard the harsh scream of a mature eagle, swooping down in search of prey. In the blink of an eye, the young eagle ascended into the sky and was never seen again. He had found his new home in the mountainside cliffs, for he was not made for the barnyard dirt.
The hardest work of the gardening season is finished. The days of pecking the ground are suspended for a time. It is time to look up and listen, to reflect and grow until a new season comes. It is time to accept the gains and losses encased in renewal. Rest and Peace to you my gardening friends!
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31