Day 21 The Gift September 9, 2019 09:00

TGIF-and not just because it's the weekend, but because today is the healing mile's first deer sighting! I was ecstatic to finally have right in front of me this beautiful creature. Everyday I've been walking and waiting with great anticipation for this amazing animal to make it's graceful and grand appearance. And even better than one showing up for the party there were three- a mamma and her two precious fawns.

I looked up to the sky, "Thank you!"  I said. 

And the Spirit inquired,

"Dana, tell me what you love so much about the deer?"

And without a second of hesitation I responded,

"They’re so graceful! They host the most beautiful color, especially this time of year. I also love the memories I have when I see them. They remind me of my boys and being in the woods Up North. And because I don't see them everyday it feels like I'm being granted this rare and special gift when I do."

I had no idea that this was just the beginning of an abundantly blessed and epic healing mile that would be marked with another great surprise and faith building milestone. Looking back I have a hunch God was gearing up to reward me for trusting the voice of His spirit in me and for answering His questions-the voice that kept proving and confirming that He could be trusted. I pictured him chuckling about the grand prize just ahead and knowing I had no idea  what I was about to see. 

I saw a runner, which has been a daily healing mile occurrence. I had this conversation with myself every time. "Big deal- he's running, you're walking. What's so good about running anyway?" I whispered under my breath. It made me a bit jealous I'll admit. I also approached an older woman, wearing a sun hat who I'd only seen walking one other time.

Oddly, for the first time during all my walks, the vultures were gone. Like really gone, no where in sight, disappeared. which was so strange as they always seem to be lurking somewhere, usually on the lifeless limbs of any dead tree they could find. But not today. Enter in big smile.

I approached the woman the second time as we were both headed home in opposite directions. I noticed her pointing her phone upward toward the dead tree.  All I could think of as I watched her was, ugh, the vultures and why in the world would she care to take pictures of vultures- such unsightly creatures. And as I got closer I noticed there were still no vultures and was intrigued. What was she taking a picture of? 

I stopped in front of her and looked up as she pointed out the  majestic bird perched on the uninhabited limb that the vultures posses daily. An eagle. A magnificent, dignified and confident eagle  perched unruffled right there in front of us.  A rare sighting in my neck of the woods and one I was certain was a gift for me from above. 

"Do you like it?" I heard in my heart.

I stood there without words, awestruck-goosebumps running up and down my body, hardly believing my eyes, grateful, and tempted to fall on my knees. I told the woman that I was overwhelmed by the significance of that eagle. I tried to briefly explain that I always dread the sight of the vultures sitting in that dead tree. However I chose not to expound on why or what they represented to me. I continued to explain that the Eagle was the representation of something very good today. She smiled as I tried to assess wether she understood my heart completely or thought I was an absolute lunatic.

Maybe someday I will be able to articulate to her why it meant so much to me. But until that day I am encouraged and reminded of the strength and supremacy of the eagle. It was a marker to me this day that I was beginning to consistantly recognize my fear, call out the lies and choose to allow the truth to take their rightful place in my head and my heart.

I'm going with the Eagle- not the Vulture. 


I'm reminded today of a verse I had written on the walls of our first home we built ourselves over 20 years ago. It was an encouraging reminder for me to continue to hope during the midst of feeling  defeated. The eagle has always held great significance to me.

But more on that later. Here's the verse.

Even youths  grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall but those  who hope in the  Lord will soar on wings like eagles, they  will run and not  grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint. 

Isaiah 41:31