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Dear Friends,

I love nature. Last week on one of my walks, I noticed a huge bird perched up on an electrical pole. At first some of us thought it was an owl, but it was too early in the evening for Mr. Owl. Upon closer observation we concluded that it was is hawk. He was sitting unbothered by the noise of the joggers, babies crying in strollers, cars passing by, even us looking up at him trying to figure out if he was indeed a hawk. He was perched and focused. I read on the National Geographic website, that hawks use perches, such as electrical poles, near an open field, to get a good view of the area. Then, when the time is right they will sweep down on the prey, that has their focus . The most amazing part to me was, almost an hour later from my walk as we headed back, that hawk was still in the same spot, looking to and fro for prey.

Philippians 3:15, (msg) “So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision-you’ll see it yet.”

There is something to be learned from my observation of the hawk. He did not allow the distractions (noise, people etc.) around him to break his focus. He understood his position on the perch, and he understood that he would only come down at the appointed time to scoop his prey to eat. We know the promises God gave us to take concerning our health, our marriage, our children, our finances, the new relationship, the business plans, but often we allow the distractions (blurred vision) of what’s going on around to break our focus (get out of faith). We need to be like the hawk, he understood that there was a set time for him to move, to obtain his promise (prey). Despite all the things that were going on around him. His goal (faith) was to eat, and he stayed focused on his goal (faith). The hawk was confident that his labor in waiting would yield him a meal (the promise) that evening.

In closing this devotional, I leave you with, I Corinthians 15:58 from the New Living Translation, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Bye Bye Distractions…….I am focused on the promises of God, for in them I have my yes and amen. (See II Corinthians 1:20.)

Unbothered and Focused,

Chanda Rose

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