“Lift up your heads, you gates! Lift them up, everlasting doors, so that the glorious one can enter!” (Ps. 24)
While walking outside with my dog, I heard the call of a hawk. As I looked up, he was flying directly over my head and then, made his way to find refuge in a high tree top.
Whenever a winged one cries out; I stop, look and listen. Why?
“The dawn has secrets to tell you, don’t go back to sleep!”
The next day, while standing in front of the altar, I got a quick flash of a hawk, just like the one who flew over my head the day before. He stopped and his wings came together, with the feathers touching as if one had her/his hands held in prayer. I had my hands held in prayer during the vision.
This was a confirmation, a follow-up of my previous experience the day before. Now, God had my full attention.
Next, the hawk opened his wings and out came a scroll attached to a string; making its way up to the heaven world. A short while later, the scroll came back down in shreds; an indication my prayer request was received and God is in control.
This spiritual encounter reminded me of Jacob’s dream found in scripture, “As Jacob slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.”
Next, Jacob looked up and found there was more to his dream, “At the top of the stairway stood the LORD. And, He said, “I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants.” (Gen. 28)
What if Jacob just blew off the dream, rolled over and went back to sleep? What if I didn’t look up, choosing to ignore the hawk? We both would have missed the Lord’s message.
Staying very close to God in prayer is a must right now. Paying attention to the spiritual atmosphere is just as important as the physical climate; whether online, on the road, in the garden or encountering winged ones from above.