Do you see it? The hawk with outstretched wings effortlessly positioned in mid-air upon the ocean breeze? I took this picture with my phone last month while visiting the pacific coast. This hawk had my full attention as I watched the breeze lift him, and hold him, and position him in the most beautiful way high above the earth without much struggle on his part. In fact it seemed that he didn’t struggle to maintain, or strain, at all.
The first chapter of Ezekiel describes a beautiful vision of being in God’s presence. Verse 25 says, “And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood still with lowered wings.”
What is the significance of these words: “They stood with lowered wings”? People often ask, “How can I hear the voice of The Lord?” This is the secret: these “living creatures” (v.5) heard the voice when “they stood still with lowered wings.” We have all seen a bird flutter its wings while standing in place. But in this verse, we are told that “there came a voice … as they stood still with lowered wings.”
Lately, I have tried to stand still before The Lord to hear what the Spirit is saying to me, for my life, right now, and yet I feel that my mind is fluttering out of control. My thoughts flap around me making it nearly impossible to stand still and hear God’s voice.
Oh, how much energy we waste! How much time we lose by refusing to lower the wings of our spirit and become totally still and quiet before Him! The fluttering of our own attempts to fix things, figure things out, defend or promote ourselves. Oh the peace we would enjoy if we simply became still before The Lord and allow the wind of His Spirit to lift us high above the problems we face and give us a new vantage point.
Starter prayer to get still: “Holy Spirit, I desire your wind to lift me above my circumstances today, and to give me a fresh perspective of my situation. Help me to be still, to lower my wings and know your voice today. I choose not to flutter in your presence but instead to be calm, and trust you in a brand new way. Thank you for your unfailing love and patience with me. I trust you, and because of Christ Jesus I can pray this way. Amen.”
(Some concepts in this meditation were taken from, “Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings”, L.B. Cowman, June 16th)