Fish Eagles! We have Fish Eagles! One of the many majestic things to see and hear in South Africa is the African Fish Eagle. If you were to visit, we would take you to Kruger National Park. Undoubtedly while parked at a quiet spot near a dam, you would hear the call of the fish eagle. Their call is such an iconic sound of the African bush. We have been blessed to have some take up residence nearby our home recently! I feel really blessed to be serenaded by their lovely sound at dusk almost every day.
I’ve also been reading Psalm 57. The first verse speaks of being under the shadow of His wings. “Be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in Thee: yea in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calalmities be overpast.”
Shadows can be an unsettling thing. But the shadows of His wings? I’ve been watching that fish eagle soar overhead. To be in the shadow of His wings speaks of His nearness! Oh what a comforting reminder! Far too often we focus on the lingering shadows of our difficult circumstances instead. God wants us to realize that in the midst of whatever is on our path, we can take refuge in the shadow of His wings instead of looking at the foreboding shadows. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter in the Word of God. It is His ministry to show us that God is with us; right here. Yet at times we grieve the Holy Spirit by acting like He isn’t even here.
Phillip Keller writes in his great book, A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23: “In the course of time, I came to realize that nothing so quieted and reassured the sheep as to see me in the field. The presence of their master and owner and protector put them at ease as nothing else could do, and this applied day and night… He maketh me to lie down… In the Christian’s life there is no substitute for the keen awareness that my Shepherd is nearby…”
Isaiah 43:1-2 “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou are mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee…“