The Eagle Who Came to Church // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

In my eleven years of pastoring in the Hayward, I have never seen our community experience such a heavy season of grief and loss.

The recent and alarming deaths of several young people in this area has impacted us all. It seems as if we are still dealing with one tragedy, when another occurs. I’ve heard several individuals vocalize the haunting question, “When will this end?”

In life’s low ebb, we need to hang on to our hope all the more. It’s the anchor that keeps us steady. God is the solid rock when “all around my soul gives way.” Our level of faith is displayed when times are hard.

Recently, a friend remarked, “You can tell what people are made of when they go through the rough waters.” If you have a leaky boat, it will sink when the waves begin to rise.

Anybody can steer a ship through calm seas,– but it takes a Captain to guide the vessel in the rougher waters.

God is the Captain of my boat. When He’s in charge, I don’t have to worry. The ship is not going to sink. My job is to stay out of the way and let him steer.

Sometimes, when life is hard, God reminds us of his unfailing love by sending “postcards from heaven.” These postcards say, “I love you and everything is going to be alright. — Dad” They come in the most unexpected ways.

This past Sunday, our church family received such a postcard.

As people were coming into the church for the 9:40 service, they were greeted with a most amazing sight. A majestic bald eagle was perched on the pinnacle of the roof! He sat there next to the cross, as a stately symbol of strength, faith and hope.

Our sign out front says, “There’s a Place for You”, but I certainly didn’t imagine that our welcome would include bald eagles! I’ve never heard of an eagle coming to church before. (If he comes back, maybe we’ll put him on the membership roll!)

Our special guest last Sunday reminded us that we can rise above every circumstance! When I saw our feathered friend, I could not help but thinking of Isaiah 40:

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 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.”

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