Travel Journal 2018 — Eagle, Kayaks, Food
May 21, 2018
We were paddling our kayaks around Lake Barkley yesterday when Steve exclaimed, “look, a bald eagle!” Sure enough, soaring high above us was a magnificent bald eagle. As we watched this majestic bird glide effortlessly across the sky it suddenly went into a power dive toward the surface of the lake and at the last possible second leveled out to fly parallel with the lake’s surface and then slowly began to gain altitude flying off with a snake clutched in its talons. The bird circled around us and made its way to the grassy expanse of the picnic area where it proceeded to have dinner. Steve grabbed up the camera he had in the kayak with him and turned on the video to capture this moment for our repeated enjoyment and awe; we missed filming the dive but did catch the eagle coming off the surface of the water with the snake in its talons.
I am reading the book MORE by Greg L. Hawkins; How to move from activity for God to intimacy with God. At the end of the first chapter he has a point to ponder section titled REFLECT: The scripture is from Ephesians 2:2 (MSG) “You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live.” Then he asks this question: On a scale of 1 (very UNsatisfied) to 10 (very satisfied) are you with your life right now? Does it feel like you are living a full life or just a busy one?
I gave myself a score and then went off to take a shower. As I was arranging my bath items on the bench provided in the shower stall I heard the sweet gentle voice of the Holy Spirit say to me, “Food, did you eat only enough to satisfy you until lunch?” Wow, what a question and what does it have to do with living a very satisfied life or not?
YHVH is VERY interested in having a relationship with us and us with Him. He wants to be more than an item we check off our list of daily activities. He wants us moment by moment and if we are willing He will uncover even what might appear to be an insignificant trifle to help us remove obstacles that keep us from living a Full and Very satisfying life with Him.
Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, the rest of the story!
That question took me immediately back to a time in my childhood when my parents were struggling financially and emotionally. As a young child I remember waking up one morning to the sound of my mother crying; she was sitting before the food cupboard repeating over and over, “there is no food, there is no food, I have nothing to make for supper.” I looked in the cupboard and sure enough it was bare. “Daddy will bring some home, mommy,” I remember saying as I snuggled up close to my mother’s side.
I have no memories of ever going hungry, but I do have boatloads of memories of being told to clean my plate; the implication being to eat enough because there might not be any food tomorrow.
The Holy Spirit spoke again in my mind, “Are you, when you are eating from the bounty of My creation, living a Very Satisfied life in the Present moment with Me? What insight into the deep, dark recesses of my soul; NO, I had to answer, I am still eating with a sub-conscious fear that there will not be food for tomorrow’s table.
“So, you are worrying about tomorrow’s provision while you are eating from today’s abundance?”
“It seems so,” I responded.
Hebrews 13:5-6, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So, we can confidently say, “YHVH is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
I have been practicing the Immanuel Approach on myself and this exchange with the Ruach was a perfect Immanuel moment so I sought the interactive presence of Yashua and asked where He was during this exchange with my mother, as the above scripture promises His constantly abiding presence with us; and in my mind I saw Yashua standing before my mother holding fragments of broken bread and fish in His hands and the scripture from Luke 12:29-32, came immediately to mind; “And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Live NOW, trust YHVH moment by moment and life will be VERY Satisfactory indeed!