It had rained in the night. Our dog, Jack, and I were taking our first walk of the day. It was still dark; a time of day appreciated for its quietness, our footsteps led by the pale light of nearby lampposts. Thoughts of the usual anticipated cup of coffee swirled among my many thoughts.
I zipped up my jacket to cover my neck as a gust of wind blew around me. It was then I felt it. Unbelievable! I kid you not! A bird had landed on my head! I froze for a second. The bird did not move from its perch. Was it a seagull or a magpie? It felt a good size. Slowly I lifted my hand to the top of my head. Nothing! What? I hadn’t felt it take off. It was then, with a giggle, I realised my error in thinking. It was not a bird but the hood of my jacket which the wind had sent flying to the top of my head and then let it fall back again to hang down my back. I had been so sure, so absolutely certain that a bird had landed on my head.
As I laughed at myself on our return home, thoughts came as to how we all do the same thing in our spiritual worlds. For example, have you ever gone through a difficult time and wondered where was God? Why wasn’t He helping you? At such a hard moment in life had He abandoned you? The Enemy, Satan, whispers plausible lies. God has bigger things to care about. You’re not that important to Him after all, etc. The lies take root and you find yourself believing it.
You know it to be true because — you felt it — alone, uncared for, forgotten. It all feels so real it has to be true. You know what you feel; just like me with the bird on my head. I just knew it was a bird. I felt it. However, no matter what I believed in the moment, it was’t true at all.
Never forget that what you feel and what it true can so often be completely opposite things. You may feel alone but what is the fact? The fact is always the truth of God’s Word which is without fault and never changes. God’s Word tells us in Hebrews 13:5b, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” That is but one example. There are many.
The next time you feel certain that what you are feeling is absolutely true, take a look into God’s mirror of truth. If your feelings are contrary to God’s Word, then choose to concentrate on truth rather than an imaginary bird you think landed on your head.