The Bible tells us that with God anything is possible and I truly believe that. He is in interested in every aspect of our lives, and that is why I have come to seek Him in everything.
I love taking pictures of everything to be found in nature. I love seeing new birds for the first time and also trying to get them in flight. Since I have come to rely on God for everything I decided I would also ask Him for a particular birthday gift, and that was to see an eagle. So far I think I had only seen a juvenile eagle once, and now I wanted to see an adult. We don’t have too many eagles where I am, so I thought I had to go somewhere far away, but then I decided why not ask God to send an eagle my way, for we know that with God anything is possible.
It happened to be my birthday weekend and I was going on a little birding trek with my husband, so I asked the Lord if He would allow me to see an eagle for my birthday. We set off early in the morning to the dismay of my husband as it was rather cool out, and I went with the intention of seeing an eagle. It was a crisp fall morning as we walked along-side the lake. A few joggers and walkers could also be seen along the trail. I happened to spot a butterfly on a leaf, then my husband spotted another one, then we saw another two or three butterflies. Then my eyes were drawn upward to a very thick dark part on the tree.
As I looked closer what I thought to be a bird’s nest turned out to be a cluster of butterflies. It was a pretty awesome sight to behold. The butterflies had rested there over-night and now they were waiting for the wind to blow in the right direction and take them out over the lake and all the way in to Mexico. We watched the butterflies for a while as more and more of them left the leaves and started to fly around as they feasted on the field of goldenrod which was situated beneath the tree.
The pictures I took that day can never compare to what we saw with our eyes. There were maybe 500 – 1000 monarch butterflies. It was an amazing sight to see. So we went back home and my heart was glad even though I didn’t see the eagle. God had allow me to see this spectacular sight, and for that I was thankful.
Later that evening I called my friend Judy to tell her of the spectacular number of butterflies we had seen. I also told her that I had prayed and asked God to allow me to see an eagle. And she asked, “Did you, did you?” I said no, but I also told her I was very happy to have seen so many monarch butterflies in one place. It was a simply awesome sight to behold. After I got of the phone, the Holy Spirit spoke to me reminding me that today was not actually my birthday. I thought about that, and He was right. Even though I had gone for a walk with my hubby on that particular day, expecting to see an eagle, it really wasn’t my birthday—so there was still hope, as Judy and I had plans to spend a bit of time outdoors the very next day.
Judy came early and we headed to one marsh, but nothing was in sight. We left there and as we were headed down the road to another marsh Judy yelled out, “What’s that big bird up ahead?” I in turn was asking, “Where, where?” As I couldn’t see anything. Finally I saw it and I started clicking the camera, clicking and clicking. The bird flew to a tree out in the middle of the meadow and I snapped a few more photos.
We sat there for a bit as I took a closer look at the pictures on the camera. I knew what the bird look like to me, but I showed it to Judy to see what she thought. Well she took one look at it, and then she started to cry. I asked her why she was crying and she said, “Because you asked God to allow you to see eagle for your birthday, and He did.” He actually did. How awesome was that.
So she turned the car around and we headed back up the road as we now wanted to go down another road in hopes of getting a closer look at the eagle. While we were going down the road we spotted so many flickers close by, and that was another bird I wanted to see, but we didn’t have the time to stop.
We got to a spot close to the tree, got out of the car and we got a little closer to where the eagle was perched. It stayed there for quite some time and so did we. Finally it started to fly off, and we watched in awe as it did. I didn’t cry, but I was quite in awe, because I asked God to allow me to see and eagle on my birthday and for some reason He saw fit to do so. That was pretty special.
Well in our eagerness to see the eagle I had miss out on seeing another on the birds I love to see and that is the Flicker. Oh well, there is always a next time. However, I would not have to wait too long till the next time.
The next day while at home I walked into the kitchen and something caught my eye in the garden. At first I thought it was a dove, but when I took a closer look, there was a flicker in the rock garden. I could not believe it. I had never seen a flicker in our backyard before. Since I didn’t have my camera in the kitchen I decided I would just stay and drink in it’s beauty with my eyes.
I stood watch the flicker for a while and after it didn’t seem hurried I ran upstairs, got the camera and came back. I thought it was gone at first, but as I looked closer, it was still there. I took many pictures of it in the garden, so then I thought, “Dear Lord, it would be nice to get it in another position.” Just then it flew up on the bird bath and I was able to get a few more shots.
So I had a spectacular birthday, filled with much beauty from nature. I asked God to allow me to see an eagle, but He also saw fit for me to see the beauty of the migrating butterflies and also to see the beautiful flicker.
With God anything truly is possible. Perhaps if I had grumbled about the butterflies and not seeing the eagle the day before things may have turned out differently. But I was truly happy with what He had provided.