Ps 63: 1-3 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”
For many years now, there has been one thing in particular that delights my soul. Sometimes it comes and goes in an instant and other times it lingers for awhile so I may enjoy its presence. I am sure that unless you know me well, you would never guess what this “special delight” might be.
During attendance at a Beth Moore conference one year, Beth was telling us about asking God to show her something special each day and described how He had often thrilled her heart. She called it her “special delight”. God’s Word tells us that He is in creation and His glory in all of He creates. In other words, we can see God’s glory all around us in everything He has made.
Romans 1: 20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead”
Increasing aware of my surroundings, I asked the Lord to show me a “special delight”. I wanted something that would remind me of His presence. I asked that He would open my eyes to see His glory. And He did not disappoint.
It started with the hawks that frequent the farm, the turkey vultures that so often “clean” up the pasture, the spider webs that glistened in the morning light, beautiful butterflies softly fluttering about the fragrant flower, eagles in flight along the banks of the Gulf of Alaska and so many other numerous delights He has shown me that lift my heart to praise. But there is one in particular that He shows me over and over that reminds me of Jesus. This is my story of my “special delight”.
I caught a glimpse of him one morning as I stood looking outside the window of my bedroom. He was standing on the edge of the pond with his feet in the water. Without a single movement of his head or feathers, this very large bird stood completely still. He stood in the exact same spot giving me enough time to grab my camera and take several photos of him from my porch. Then with majestic wings, he gracefully flew over my head allowing me to photograph him in flight. I was breathless. I knew immediately this bird, the Great Blue Heron, was my “special delight” for the day and I praised the Lord for allowing me to see him.
As I researched the Great Blue Heron, I found reports of early Christians who used this great heron (sometimes called the phoenix) as a metaphor for the resurrection. This bird represented death and rebirth in some cultures such as in ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman. To the early Christians this bird symbolized the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This is what it symbolizes to me…when I see the great bird no matter where he is, I am reminded of Jesus death on the cross for my sins and His resurrection that offered new life (eternal life) to me. My heart soars and I praise my Creator.
I have seen the Great Blue Heron in some of the most unusual places. There is the great one that still makes his appearance standing in the pond on the farm and also near the lake not far from my house. I saw him in a quick glance of the big bird flying along side my car window while driving on the back roads of Mississippi or seeing two birds that almost hit the window of the condo in Florida where I was standing looking out. I have seen the bird while on a quiet roadside drive as he was standing beside a deer at the water’s edge in VA. I have seen him in flight crossing over the road in front of me as I was driving in Arkansas or standing near the bay in Florida at sunset waiting for his dinner to swim near his feet.
I have seen him in the trees, in open space, near the interstate, and many other unexpected places. Sometime I see him when I am searching for him and other times it is a complete surprise. Every time I see this great bird, I am reminded of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior and what He did for me. And I praise Him.
May God open your eyes to see His glory around you. Ask God to show you a “special delight” today. He will not disappoint you either.