Monday, June 23, 2008

The Yellow Feather

In 1974 I suffered a serious burn and was in the hospital for five weeks. After skin grafts I had to lie perfectly still on the bed for about five or six days. During this period of time I had a vision and the message of that vision is just as clear today as it was then.

In my mind I could see turbulent waters and a little yellow feather floating unharmed in the boisterous waves. I asked God what this meant and He said that the yellow feather represented me. I asked what earthly use could there be for a yellow feather. He answered, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." I was given loving assurance that the feather belonged to Him and that its value was known only to Him. I then asked, "But why is it yellow?" He revealed that to me yellow represented fears and I had many fears.

The main thought that was left with me was to always keep my focus on His love and not look at the weakness and frailty of the feather. I did not see His eye but I could feel His eye with a love I could never, ever explain.

Through the years I have had times of feeling so fearful and inadequate and when the "yellow feather" comes to my mind, I am reminded that God loves me with an everlasting love and will protect me through all the storms of life.

There was one time in particular that I was going through a time of darkness and I received a little yellow feather in the mail from a friend that I had shared this vision with. A note was enclosed. She wrote that her young daughter found the feather on the ground and when she looked at it she thought of me. Coincidence? I think not! Rather another reminder of God's tender and compassionate love.

"His eye is on the sparrow

And I know He watches me."


Denise said...

Bless you for sharing this lovely story sweetie. God loves you so very much.

Cyndy said...

Thank you for sharing this story. It has been a reminder to me that God loves and cares about each one of us...individually.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Absolutely beautiful, Mary. What a wonderful blessing and gift from God to have this specific and clear encounter with Him...a time in which you can cling when that fear comes and indeed the fear will come for all of us at different dark times in our lives. Just beautiful, I say.

Sheryl said...

Oh, Mary that was beautiful and just what I needed today. This has been a day of many tears for me and I need the reminder that His eyes are on me! I look forward to Mondays to come here and read your words. You are a blessing!!


Plant Lady said...

I've just finished my latest post and I noticed that you had also.

Thanks for sharing your story about the feather. I am amazed at how God uses the simple things to remind or teach us of His love and care for us. He is a wonderful Saviour and Comforter. We need never fear!

Plant Lady

SKY4KAT said...

Thank you for sharing.
I have always thought of the color yellow as a warm peaceful color yet God revealed it as the color of your fears.
It is such a blessing and a comfort to hold on to the ways that our Father-Savior -relates His love to us.
Birds use their feathers to travel and soar far away and high above their problems and fears What a wonderful vision God gave you to travel our of and above your fears and into His arms.
Thanks Mary

Joni said...

Hi, Mary,
I came here to thank you for visiting my blog, but now I want to thank you for sharing your story. Isn't God just the most awesome God? I wish I knew another word than awesome--it's used so much--but that is truly what He is. I'm going to remember your God-given example. We are blessed to be God's children. In our darkest moments, He is right there with us.

JnL4God said...

That was wonderful, as you probably know from my posts I have overcome a lot of fears that I had as well. Thank you for sharing you are such a wealth of wisdom and experience. Always enjoy reading your stories.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Beautiful contrast...yellow against the tumultous blue. What a precious comfort from the Lord.

Thank you, Mary, for your prayers on my behalf. I'm still processing my weekend and feel so blessed to have participated. More later. We're on vacation this week.


Joyful said...

Mary, thank you for visiting my blog and posting such a lovely comment. I know all about fears! The Lord has been taking me on a journey from fear to faith and I'm learning to trust Him like I never have before!

Beautiful illustration. Thank you for sharing this precious story.

Sheryl said...

Mary, thanks for stopping by twice!! Your words mean so much to me. I'm glad the post got you thinking. I know I am striving and I've got a long way to go. But at least we are headed in the right direction!


From the Heart said...

Beautiful. What a great testimony and experience. I have never had any revelations like you but God spared my life twice, once in 1999 and then May, 2007. I had morphine which sends me into another world and both times I was given demoral for pain which stopped my breathing immediately, but somehow through the "crash team" I suppose, God brought me back. I have a closer walk with Him than before and have learned to put things in His hands rather than carry fears and burdens.
May God continue to bless you,

ancient one said...

This was a thought provoking post. I started to comment with a frivilous little story about a blue feather... then read the other's comments and thought no.. not now... God is so Good!!

ancient one said...

Okay since you asked I will tell you the silly blue feather story.

My SIL is a game warden. We were discussing a cousin making dream catchers and he said it is against the law to use real bird feathers in making them. And I said what if you just find one on the ground and you wanted to use it on a card or something? And he said, no it is against the law.

So a long time later, I found one on the ground. I stuck it in an envelope and sent it to him with no return address and nothing inside to let him know where it came from.

He showed it to my daughter and she laughed and said, I bet it is from mama. And he said, I should write up a ticket and put it in an envelope and mail it to her...LOL But he didn't...

So that is my silly story!

Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady" said...

Hi, Mary! How fun to meet you!Thank you for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself! I hope you will visit again soon!!!

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Mary,

What a beautiful post! Thank you for visiting my blog, and what a blessing to have found you. I will be back to read more.

Have a beautiful day!


Grace said...

That was one of my mother's favorite solos. I'll have to figure out how to get the recording on the blog one day!

Big hugs---

Grace said...

Oh Mary! I just love you!


Tracy said...

Hi Mary,
So kind of you to stop by and ask about Millie. I plan to post an update on my blog. I talked to her last night and she was quite happy. Don't want to be too graphic in my description, but her doctor was working on her wound and was able to make it bleed. He was quite pleased about that, because that means there is now some blood flow. = ) She goes back in two weeks. The nurse will still be coming each day to clean, check and redress the wound. The doctors final words to her were "for now...NO surgery!" Please keep praying. I was actually able to say to her "That sounds like answered prayer to me!" And she agreed! (Previously, if you would say, "I'm praying for you!" she would say something like "I don't need your prayers." This alone is an answer to prayer. Thank you so much, Mary. I can't express how much I appreciate your prayer and concern.

I LOVED reading the story you had posted about the yellow feather. Beautiful. I often struggle with fear, and I know it sometimes holds me back. I've been trying more than ever this year to give that over to the Lord. This visual image will stay with me. Thank you.

Blessings to you, new friend. = )

Beth said...

What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my blog!