Walk by Faith
He stood on a thin white platform that was shaking in the wind full of cocky self-assurance, screeching at the sun above. Below were ten meters of space and a hard rock ledge. One false step, one structural failure and surely, he would drop like a stone. But he cared for nothing; fearless despite the perils of his circumstance.
I watched on in awe and fear – No I didn’t! It was only a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo sitting on a branch in a large gum tree. Seen it before. Move on.
Yes, Mr Cockatoo was high off the ground on a thin white branch being blown about by the wind – but he wasn’t scared because he had wings. If the branch broke, if he took a wrong step, all he had to do was spread his wings and fly to another roost. Mr Cockatoo had faith that his wings would save him.
We don’t have wings to save us. Yet we live in world encompassed by a multitude of perils, dangers, and snares. Should we live in fear? Who or what can we trust when the branch breaks or we take a wrong step?
God has promised to save his people. As the prophet Isaiah said, ‘Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles’ (Isa 40:31). And no matter what comes our way or what perils befall, we can live with confidence, rejoicing in the Son, for ‘The eternal God is our refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms’ (Deut 33:26). In Christ – walk by faith and live without fear.