Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Giveaway, Day Twenty-two

Photo courtesy Erik Thorson copyright 2012
Our eldest son Erik sauntered through the doorway of the house a few days ago and announced, "There's a bald eagle flying over the deck." I was busy with something in the kitchen and barely nodded back in acknowledgement. Later, I wished I had taken the time to go see it.

Not that it's rare to see a bald eagle here in the river canyons of Idaho. Eagles often spend the winters in the lower elevations and hunt from the river's bounty. Their fierce countenance and spectacular white heads are always worth a second glance. It's a beautiful sight to watch them glide along the river's surface and pull up into a majestic turn along the canyon wall.

I have often watched them circle above my head and contemplated the way they sail on the wind. I marvel at their ability to catch the air currents and gain such heights through little effort of their own. How accurately they feel and gauge the movement of the wind!

I yearn to learn to move in the Holy Spirit in this way. I long to appropriate God's Word, the urging of His Spirit, and my own understanding of Him to spread my own wings.

Today I am thankful for the presence of the Holy Spirit in me. Without His power and leading, I could never make through this world, let alone soar above it. What kind of a god would consent to live inside an inferior being?

One that is worthy of all our praise.

It's an amazing God who dwells in us. How humble and gentle and long-suffering He is! Think of the things He hears, sees, and endures for us. Just think of the places we take Him.

And yet He's always waiting for us to tire of our own efforts and cry for help. He's always ready to teach us how to leave the lowlands and rise above in His power..

Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:31

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a free, hardcover copy of Song in the Night. There are four ways to enter the book giveaway:  leave me a comment,  "like" us on Facebook  become a member of this blog, or send me an e-mail at

Song in the Night is the true account of our son's devastating spinal cord injury in 1997, the fight to keep the doctor from pulling the plug, and God's subsequent miraculous work in our lives. You will be encouraged and inspired by our story.

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