For in him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17: 28 Acts
In this portion of scripture, Paul was before the Areopagus and explaining that it is not difficult to find God, that if perhaps they might grope for Him, they would find Him for He is not far away from each one of us. Last week, I talked with you about experiencing my time of darkness. In those moments, it is common to think that God is distant, far away, and not helping to solve the issues you might be struggling with. I know better. God answers each and every prayer—just not in my timing or with the answer I might be seeking.
Here is a quote from Hildegard of Bingen that I have been reflecting upon and which might provide food for your devotional contemplation.
“Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around Him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honour. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground, and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God.”
I am still learning to be a feather on God’s breath. I huff and puff and try all methods of control only to realize my efforts are in vain. I try too often to have energy of my own and to direct my own and other’s paths. How wonderful to rest instead on the loving breath of God and let it all depend on him. To let go and fly and soar has been my constant prayer. Oh, Lord, let me become a butterfly. Allow me to breathe free. Transform me from this weary caterpillar and allow me to glide on your breath—a feather. Amen! Linda