“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13.12 NLT).
I remember many years ago, I went to the water’s edge to pray about God’s promises for my life. I had already waited so many years for my breakthrough, and I was discouraged and losing hope. As I was praying, I saw a great silver colored fish floating in the water. He had died, and his scales flashed in the sun.
I knew soon the seagulls would come. Usually when food is thrown into the waves, many seagulls fly in to scoop up the pieces. But I believe this fish was so large that only the strongest seagulls gave it a chance.
The first seagull came from the north and hovered over the fish. Finally, He dipped down and grabbed the fish in his beak. He flapped his wings, but he could only bring the fish up several inches before letting it go. He turned away and flew back over the tops of the houses.
I waited. Less than a minute later another seagull came in from the east. He swooped down and captured the fish. The weight of the fish was heavy, and I could see his wings bend and pull against the load. He brought the fish up many feet before dropping it and flying away over the tops of the houses.
I waited. This time I almost gave up. I thought no seagull would be able to capture this fish. I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to look to the west. Coming in from the Laguna, I watched a large seagull fly in with a purpose. I had no doubt he was coming for the fish. His flight was straight and his decline was gradual.
When the great seagull reached the flashing silver in the water, he instantly grabbed the fish and his strong wings worked with the wind to pull it up with ease. He kept his prize secure and floated higher into the sky, soaring over the tops of houses.
The fish is symbolic of God’s promise for me, and the first two seagulls are my attempts to pick it up in my own strength. God is allowing this process of trying and failing in my life to stretch my faith and make me more reliant on Him. I am learning to work with the Holy Spirit, and I’m growing stronger as I beat my wings in rhythm with His movements. I have peace knowing that someday I’ll be that third seagull; and with God’s strength, I’ll carry the burden that comes with the blessing.
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40.30 NLT).