Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you!
I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl of the waste places;
I lie awake;
I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
Psalm 102:1, 6-7 ESV
Bless the Lord, O my soul, …
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1, 5 ESV
‘Look where you’re going!’ was one of many helpful bits of advice my father gave me; it became most memorable on the occasion (aged three) that I stepped into a tin of red roofing paint, up to my knee. My feet still tend to follow my eyes; I end up going where I am looking. So who is to blame if I find myself in the desert? And how do I find my way out? This final brief post on the theme Owl or Eagle? also comes from Charles Spurgeon…
Charles Spurgeon said… “The Lord alone can change spiritual sadness into spiritual gladness. No hand can heal a broken heart save the divine hand that made it. ….. The only true (cure) comes from Calvary! … He alone can turn the owl into an eagle, but He can do it! He understands your case, for He has passed through an experience exactly similar to yours. He has not only walked the hospitals – that is an essential thing for a physician to do – but … Christ took upon Himself our sicknesses, and bore our sorrows – and even our sins…
So … look to Him! If you have only an owl’s eyes, yet turn them to Christ, and He will change them into an eagle’s eyes. If you are only as the owl of the desert, resolve that you will see no light but His light, for, then, His light will surely soon come to you!
… As Christ has redeemed us, so the Holy Spirit comforts us… And the Holy Spirit uses the very best medicine …. Do you ask, ‘What is that?’ Christ said to His disciples, “He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” What medicine can ever be equal to the things of Christ? O poor owl of the desert, if the Spirit of God shall come and visit you, as He will, and reveal the things of Christ to your soul, you will then spread your wings, like an eagle, and mount aloft into the heavenlies in Christ Jesus!
From a sermon by Charles Spurgeon Owl or Eagle, preached on Sunday, March 10th, 1872
14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:14-15 ESV