by Ali Smith

As I walked outside with a friend, we caught sight of a bald eagle taking flight from above us. We stopped walking and talking to track its’ flight to a nearby tree top. To me eagle sightings are rare and peaceful and following this brief encounter, I could not shake how beautifully orchestrated the moment had been. We were completely unaware of the eagle’s presence above us, until the moment it made itself known to us, with wings outstretched in a relatively quiet flight. It was a beautiful moment with a lasting impact.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation before, unaware that something was right there, all along? Once you noticed it, was the beauty overwhelming or awe inspiring? What about a moment in which you realized you were protected from a dangerous situation? For me this moment led to overwhelming gratitude, when we narrowly missed, by seconds, being involved in a high-speed chase. 

Whether it is gratitude or beauty and inspiration in discovering the unknown, each feeling, for me, was precipitated by something unknown becoming known. Bird sightings and missed car chases aside, the moment I first believed Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior was the unknown being made known to me.  To know I have a Heavenly Father who has always been right there, patiently... waiting...has forever changed me.

For most of my life I was unaware of His presence, then came the moment when my heart, mind and soul were awakened. I am humbled, changed and in awe of the awareness of His presence.  I know God orchestrated the moment for me to see the flight of the eagle, just as I know He orchestrated our timing when driving. That is Jesus’ love for us!

I can recall more instances, but I encourage you to remember experiences when the unknown was made known to you and see God in them.

1 Peter 1:8-9

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

I pray you will come to know the love of the one true Lord and Savior Jesus Christ more fully. 

Mike Kocik