An Eagle of Love

by Katy Kauffman

I stared at the painting and tried to memorize every detail. Dark gray brush strokes created ominous clouds and morphed into blue and white patches. An eagle with its wings outstretched in a “v” shape descended out of storm clouds into the bright light of day. I was captivated by the light shining on the eagle’s feathers. He looked so real, so beautiful. His look of determination said that he was going to win, whatever the battle was.

This eagle picture was unlike any other I had ever seen, and my twelve-year-old heart craved it. I memorized the artist’s name—Laurie Snow Hein, a beautiful name. The painting was perfect, but its frame and mat weren’t right for my room. I lingered at the painting for a while, wishing I could take it home.

“If God wants you to have it, He’ll give it to you, and it will be perfect,” my mom said. I didn’t know how that would happen, but I tucked her words into my heart and left the store with some hope.

Two weeks after I first found the eagle picture, my mom and I went into a Christian bookstore, and there it was. The eagle picture. With a marbleized deep blue and gray mat. And fruitwood frame. Perfect. It even had a Bible verse positioned in a rectangular cut out area in the bottom of the mat, which said:

“There is none like the God of Jerusalem—
He descends from the heavens in majestic splendor to help you.”
Deuteronomy 33:26 The Children’s Living Bible

If I had been impatient and convinced my mom to buy the first eagle picture we saw, I would have missed God’s message for me encased in the second picture.

God was the eagle, and He was promising His help. Just as that eagle was descending through the clouds in power and beauty and majesty, God would “descend” from the heavens to help me in my battles. We bought the picture, and today it hangs above my desk. A daily reminder of God’s help in every battle of life.

Has God ever given you a special message or gift that shaped your life? Has there been a promise in Scripture that you tucked away in your heart and you bring it out and think on it when you go through a rough time?

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
James 1:17 NKJV

God shows His love to us through the gifts He gives us. It could be something we hang on our wall or set on our desk. It could be meaningful friendships that ease the pain of loneliness, or it could be a church where we can worship God with other believers and serve Him. It could be an answer to prayer or the hope that the answer will come in the perfect timing. It could be a verse in Scripture that we find at just the right time to help us through our circumstances.

The “Father of lights” is a dependable Father, One we can always trust. His heart shines brightly in love and truth. We can run to Him when we feel alone or forgotten, and He assures us He is always with us. We can cry out to Him when our hearts are weary, and He strengthens us to win our spiritual battles. We can turn to Him when we’ve stumbled, and He helps us to get back on His path.

God works victory into what we do, and He never changes sides in our spiritual battles. He is for us (Romans 8:31, 1 John 4:16, 1 John 3:16, Psalm 62:8), and He makes His love for us evident (Rom 8:32).

The next time you need a reminder of God’s unconditional love for you, keep your eyes open. It’s bound to come at just the perfect time. And hold onto God’s promises in Scripture. He walks life’s roads with us, sending us good and perfect gifts.

What gift has God already given you that reminds you of His great love? Share it in the comments below!

© Copyright 2021 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (4)

  • anon

    I often reminded my daughtters that the good is the eternal enemy of the best.. Your story brought that home to me again. Thank you for showing us that God is in the details and doesn't withhold so we are miserable or disappointed, but has something else--different or maybe better that is for my good.

    Jan 05, 2021
  • anon

    So loved this post Ms. Katy. While I have many life verses, with Philippians 4:13 being my primary, the verse that came to mind when I thought of how God has sustained me through the trials of life is Jeremiah 29:11. It is that verse that I view as God's promise to always be there with me. It is that verse that reminds me to trust God and His plan for my life, even when it seems I've gone off the tracks, yet again. Thank you for the beautiful imagery you painted with your words ma'am.

    Jan 05, 2021
  • anon

    Another eagle verse that helps me is Isaiah40:31, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
    A gift God has given me recently is loving friends and family that have prayed and cared for me through times of despair and grief.

    Jan 05, 2021
  • anon

    When our granddaughter was nine years old, she gave me a beautiful journal with a cross on the cover and said, "I bought this because Gigi likes to write and she likes crosses." What a blessing it was to fill it with lessons God taught me from His Word. My granddaughter, the journal, and lessons from God were gifts that filled my heart with joy. Katy, I love your description of the eagle painting and the lesson you learned by waiting. 

    Jan 05, 2021

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