Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. ~Peter Marshall
Yesterday, a Great Horned Owl found a perch on a dead tree in our backyard.
Hanna discovered his huge, bulky shape at 9:00 a.m. and gasped, “What is that?”
Snow started to fall. The owl sat there, barely moving. His wind-puffed feathers ruffled occasionally and once he turned his formidable head our way. But he kept sitting, intently focused on the snowy lawn.
Marco updated us hourly on the owl:
Sitting there. Still sitting there.
At 2:00 p.m., he was still sitting on the same hefty branch as a gentle snow kept falling.
We speculated about why this rare visitor was there. Was he watching for mice scurrying across the snowflakes? Most likely, he was just resting — or digesting– as owls do.
Scripture tells us to learn from God’s creation. Job 12:7 says to “…ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you…”
And the owl taught me a lesson today. He waited on that snowy branch for five hours. We didn’t see him strike prey, or even move much. He was incredibly stoic and calm.
It’s hard to wait — especially in the current fast-paced world. It’s challenging to stand in a long line without feeling antsy. I talk impatiently to pokey cars in stalled traffic.
These ending verses are a reminder to me. When I wait on God, I know that He is never slow, distracted or tardy. His timing is perfect.
- Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. –Psalm 25:5
- In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. –Psalm 5:3
- But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation My God will hear me. –Micah 7:7
Owl photo credit: unsplash-logoCaroline Ebinger