God so often reveals Himself to us in the ordinary day-to-day experiences of life. Yet we miss Him. These entries are to encourage us to look for Him, find Him, and worship Him. It's my prayer that my ordinary moments would spur you to look for your own.
"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Monday, July 30, 2012
How to Pray for a Grandson
Long before owls were so popular and the image found on anything from
notepads to wrapping paper, my daughter-in-love was given this particular bird
as a prophetic word.And it had
everything to do with having a baby.Thus, “Little Hoot” was conceived and born, quite literally.
It should be of no surprise then that when my husband and I attended
the Birds of Prey show at Callaway Gardens a few weeks ago that I was truly
excited to learn that the featured bird was the owl.Preliminary reading had already told me that
all raptors have three distinguishing characteristics.
1)They all have sharp talons
2)Their beaks are curved and pointed
3)They are carnivorous
But of the birds of prey, the owls have three characteristics that set
them apart from all the other raptors.
1)Their keen eyesight
2)Their acute sense of hearing
3)Their silent flight
Probably the most striking of all his features is his eyes.It’s what gives him his “wise” appearance.They are large and forward facing and may
account to up to five percent of the creature’s body weight.If you or I had the same eye to head
proportions that owls have, our eyes would be as big as grapefruits! And because of the excess rod cells in his
retina, he can literally see in the dark.In fact, all an owl needs to see at night is the light from two stars.And see he does: ten times greater than you
or I, with great telescopic vision.However,
unlike human eyes, the owl’s eyes are stationary, therefore he cannot "roll"
or move his eyes – in other words, he can only look straight ahead!To compensate for this, owls are able to turn
their heads around approximately 270 degrees, or about three quarters in each
direction, giving the appearance that they can turn their heads all the way
But next to their keen eyesight is their tremendous sense of
hearing.The eyes are in the middle of a
disk of feathers, which are highly specialized sound conductors. The owl can
flex these facial disks, channeling sound waves to the ears to catch even the
faintest of sounds.On top of that, an
owl’s ears are asymmetrically placed.That is, the right external ear canal may be a different shape than the
left external ear canal and each could be located higher or lower on the side
of the head. The naturalist giving the show suggested we take two empty toilet
paper rolls, place each to an ear and point them in different directions.(I suggest doing this at night when the
neighbors have all gone to bed.)This
design enhances hearing depth perception.
And lastly, the owl’s ability for silent flight sets it apart from all
other birds of prey.Two different
feathers were passed around at the demonstration that afternoon.One was a hawk’s; the other an owl’s.No doubt the intricate feather structure of
the leading edge of the owl’s wings enables him to fly noiselessly.As air passes over the feathers, the sound
wave is minimized and the sound level of the flapping is reduced to almost
nothing.What a great advantage to
approaching its prey.No wonder the
great horned owl is called the “tiger of the air”!
So what does all this have to do with praying for my grandson?
Everything. Absolutely everything!
That's why, when I
heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of
love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn't stop thanking God for you—every
time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I
ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you
intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and
clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp
the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the
utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless