through His Word
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!
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