Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Heron

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26

I was finally able to escape for a walk. After three months of unknown, we finally had learned our oldest son had some type of mitochondrial disease, a terminal condition affecting energy production. I left teaching, we spent extensive time meeting with doctors and therapist of all specialties, and life no longer felt normal. In the middle of the chaos, I snatched a chance to get outside for some fresh air and physical activity.

As I started walking, my body vented the stress it carried while my heart vented to God. Questions of why, what next, how to survive, and do you care filled my prayers. As I came to the stream that ran through the neighborhood, I paused on the bridge, noticing a blue heron standing at attention. Jealous, I marveled at the serenity of the bird. It somehow was living in the midst of a growing townhome development, surrounded by people, construction, turmoil and noise. Its whole world was in upheaval….just like mine, I thought. How does it keep going?

As if my thought was a prayer, I felt God whisper an explanation. The bird is serene because it’s not trying to control anything. It survives amidst the chaos because I am in control. I provide for it and the heron simply trusts that whatever it needs will always be provided. Yes, your world is now in upheaval, but I am still in control. I will continue to provide all that you need. Your job simply is to trust in my faithfulness.

The truth of His word was a salve to my hurting soul. As my family’s struggle with mitochondrial disease raged throughout the years, I continued to see a heron at the most opportune time, reminders from God that no matter the chaos, He was in control. Proven again and again, that truth became a rock on which I could stand. The heron became my special symbol of God’s everlasting faithfulness and love.

No matter what circumstances face you today, you can be certain that God knows. He cares. He is involved. He is in control and will prove Himself faithful.

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 57:10


  1. Juli, your blog is beautiful! I especially like this line, "I provide for it and the heron simply trusts that whatever it needs will always be provided."

  2. "And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others." 2 Cor 9:8 (NLT)
    Thanks for sharing with others Juli!