As I was driving down the back road I take as a short cut to church, though very distracted, I could see ahead in the distance a flock of buzzards in the middle of the road hovering over whatever road kill was lying there. I always have a fear when approaching things as this because I am afraid the buzzards will not take flight quick enough and I will end up hitting them with my car. As I was encroaching upon their air space, I eased up on my gas pedal slowing down a bit. I wanted to give these buzzards ample time to realize they had to take flight or I was going to run into them.
As anticipated, they all commenced to taking off in various directions except for one. This buzzard decided obviously had a death wish, and he remained hovered over the road kill. As I was getting closer and closer, it became very apparent that he was not going to move. Before I knew it, I was upon him and I literally had to swerve to the right to go around. As much as I dislike buzzards, I did not want to be the reason that he became a part of the road kill. As I past the spot where the road kill was lying with this huge buzzard hovered over it, I glanced back in my rearview mirror. I knew without a doubt the buzzard had to have flown away. I cringed when I swerved because I was certain I was going to hit this stupid bird regardless of my efforts to avoid it. Lo and behold, I was quite amazed as I looked in my mirror. I could not believe the buzzard simply stood there refusing to release his claws from whatever was laying before him. I could see in my rearview mirror the stupid buzzard was still in place. The only effort it made to move was to switch sides. Instead of being on the right side of the road kill, it was now on the left. I said out loud to myself, “What an idiot?” I could not believe this buzzard was still in place.
As I said this to myself, it was then that God responded. He said to me, “You need to be more like that buzzard!” I was like, “WHAT?! What in the world do you mean by that? Why in the world would I want to be a buzzard? I do not want to be a buzzard.”
God responded with, “Over the past week, you have been fighting battles. You have overcome them one at a time by holding onto your faith and to My Word. Though you still suffered emotionally and mentally, you kept pushing through until yesterday. Yesterday, you had a meltdown and sort of gave up. You allowed your emotions to get the best of you … you allowed your doubts to accumulate to the point where you started questioning your faith. More so, you started to doubt My Word and My promises to you.” These were not God’s words verbatim but they were basically what He shared with me.
God went on to say that the road kill was representative of His promises and our heart’s desires … the buzzards were people … the car approaching were the storms in life. As the storms closed in, like I did on Saturday, the majority of the buzzards flew the coop and gave up on their dreams. However, there was the one buzzard who was not letting go. No matter how close the storm got, he held on to what he desired. He put more emphasis on obtaining the goal then on letting go. He remained focused and never doubted he could overcome the storm.
This is what we do in life … we are like the other buzzards. When the storm is raging around us, we are walking in faith and declaring God’s Word. However, as the storm continues and draws closer, we allow fear, our emotions, our doubt, or other people to rob us of our joy and deter us from continuing in faith. The one buzzard who never flew away, who never let go, represented what we, as Christians, need to do. That one buzzard stood firm and he overcame. He came out of the storm victorious!
We have to walk out our faith no matter what appears in the natural. We cannot let go right when the storm is at its strongest. The one buzzard held on when the strongest winds were attacking. No matter the fear … no matter the danger … no matter what appeared in the natural, he walked in faith he could survive. It is the same with us.
We never see our dreams manifest because we let go … we give up! Uncertainties abound and we allow them to bring fear and doubt. As the uncertainties in life seem to overtake the certainties and cause us to doubt the promises of God, we throw in the towel and lose all hope. We abandon our dreams and we do not give God the opportunity to grant us the desires of our hearts. Then, we wonder why. Why did God allow this? Why did God rob us of our heart’s desires? Does He not give us the desires of our hearts? How cruel for Him to give us these dreams and then deplete us of the ability to see them come to pass. It is not God. It is our inability to remain focused on Him and not on our own lack of strength to endure. Our strength must come from Him.
So tell me … are you THAT buzzard or will you fly away?
God bless and have a great day!
Janet Molton Nicholson