Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Taking A Break For An Eagle

Yesterday was "leaf battle" day....
Rake, pile, haul to the street, until the yard is leaf free.
But yesterday was also a present day. A present from my heavenly Father.
I had been at it for a while, and stopped to catch my breath, when a shadow moved across the ground in front of me. Looking up, I caught sight of an eagle in flight. He was low to the ground and riding the wind. Dipping and diving, he never moved a wing, but made long, low circles around the neighborhood.

I watched him for at least three or four minutes. He never made a sound as he was in search of something....maybe food... who knows. Maybe he was just out to have a good time. I know if I could fly, I would take advantage of it every opportunity I could. Like I said, this whole event was a present for me. Yet at the same time, the whole event brought a passage of scripture to mind.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who trust in...those who hope in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Trusting God no matter what our situation may be. Trust does not mean that everything will turn out like we hope or think it will. Trusting God means that we will defer to Him, with the understanding that He knows what's best for us. Trusting is all part of the turning of will and life over to His care.

I like how this verse progresses. There is a benefit that we find when we do trust God. There is an imparting that takes place when we do trust God. The verse states pretty clear that such action on our part puts us in a place where we will find a strength to carry on that we did not have on our own. A strength that will lift us, like the eagle, above our problem....above our situation....above our circumstance. We will be given strength to move beyond, under God's guidance, whatever the world throws at us.

The entire verse from Isaiah is about moving forward.
Moving above the problems of this life....
Sometimes we run....we move quickly to forge ahead.
Sometimes we walk....but we do not get weary. We keep moving in this new found relationship. We do not get trapped by our past. We move forward.

Maybe that is what the whole recovery thing is about.
Truly attaching myself, will and life, to this POWER greater than myself.
That this POWER which is greater than can take me through, around, under, and above whatever is trying to lure me back into my old way of thinking and living.

I think I will "Step #3" it today.....
God on you...


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