God’s Feather


We have inquired of God a working automobile now for quite some time. I don’t really understand that. I’ve prayed and I’ve prayed and I’ve prayed but I have not seen results except for a ride to work every morning. I have not been without transportation ever since we have needed an automobile. God has always supplied.

For months now Gerry has been kind enough to come by and pick me up every morning and take me to work. Sometimes during the week I make it a point to bless him with some finances. He’s been such a blessing to me that I want to be a blessing back to him. I’m hoping that this arrangement is working out as well for him as it is for me at this time. I am greatly appreciative of what Gerry has done to give me transportation back-and-forth to work.

But every morning I would walk out of the house with my lunch bucket and walk down to the street and wait on the side of the street until Gerry would come by and give me a ride. In the last two weeks a younger lady with two children would drive by me every day. She would park on the opposite side of the street from where I was standing and she would take her two little children into the house. We smiled back-and-forth a few times and as time went on we begin to say “Hello” or “Good morning” to one another.

She seemed very sweet and very appreciative that someone in that house was helping her out with the children every morning. Maybe that was her mother, I don’t really know. But one day as I walked out of the house… there was a feather in the front yard. The grass had been freshly mowed the day before, and there was a feather about three and a half inches long lying on the front lawn. The feather itself had not been disturbed, maintaining its perfect condition. It was a pretty white winged dove feather.

I had an unction from the Lord the instant I saw the feather… to give it to that young lady when she came by this morning. It was just a thought… but I knew that I didn’t come up with that thought. It seemed rather silly to give a pretty lady a gift of a feather… something that cost me nothing.  But I picked it up as I walked to the street. I noticed that her car was already parked across the street and the time was getting very close for Gerry to come pick me up.

So I had thoughts running through my mind that Gerry might come before she came out of the house. That… is fear that I might not be able to accomplish what the Holy Spirit had begun in me. I quickly cast down that thought because the Holy Spirit had already given me the unction to give her the feather. The thought came again… the enemy was trying to get me in fear. I cast that thought down again.

After a few minutes the young lady came out of the house. She was smiling a great big smile at me so I walked across the street to greet her. When we came in contact with one another I told her, “I believe the Lord left this feather in our front yard for you.”

She looked at me kind of funny and began to reach up to take the feather from me. Surely she didn’t have a clue what to do with it… nor did I.

Then without knowing what to say… I said, “If you’ll be real careful with the feather it may stay looking pretty all day long. Would you happen to have a hat that you could wear the feather in?”

She looked up at me and the smile returned, “Yeah… I’ve got three hats that I can use this feather for. Thank you very much?”

She smiled a great big smile and said, “I really appreciate that. I’ll see you later. I’ve got to go. Thank you so much!”

She went and got into her car and I went back on my side of the street just in time for Gerry to pick me up. God had the morning planned that way. Who would’ve ever thought of picking up a feather and giving it to a pretty lady to put in her hat? Well I can tell you one thing for sure… that thought didn’t come from me.

The Bible says that My thoughts are not your thoughts, My ways are not your ways. Why would God have told us this information unless the Holy Spirit inside of us would tell us things we need to follow?

Did you know that He who began a good work in you… if you will not let fear overtake you… is faithful to complete it. And I do believe there is actually a scripture to that effect. Yes, yes there is… without the fear part anyway. You remember it… but look at it in an immediate sense.

Philippians 1:6  having been confident of this very thing, that He who did begin in you a good work, will perform [it] till a day of Jesus Christ… Young’s Literal Translation

When God gives an unction… He just began a good work in you. If you follow through with the unction… fear and reasoning will try to stop you every time… but if you continue, then God will work through you to carry it on to completion. I could have dropped that feather back down on the ground in fear that she might think I was really stupid… and no one would have known but me… and God.

God may have set up a later witnessing opportunity between me and that lady. Only God knows what it’s all about… and all He wants is obedience. Do you have faith that God can change a life with a feather?

1 Corinthians 1:27 KJV But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.

So what is an unction?

An unction is the very presence of Jesus (by the Holy Spirit of course) coming to you at a moment in time that He chooses… and impresses you to do something that HE wants to do. He wanted to give that lady that feather that morning at that time… and He could only do it through me because I was there. Why it might have been important to Him… I don’t know. I think sometimes it is just to see if I will do it for Him… but He is so much bigger than that.

He has to use us to bless other people… and He enjoys the comradery with us. The Lord invites us to be a part of His world and kingdom principles… and the devil attacks with fear to shut it down.

What will people think? Well, I don’t know… I’m tired of worrying about what people will think. I enjoy seeing what the Lord does to make other people happy and I am so glad He uses me.

God hears our every whispered thought… and that’s the way He wants us to hear Him. A friend asked me the other day how I hear the voice of the Lord and this answer is the best answer I’ve ever given anyone.

God wants us to listen and hear His silent whispered thoughts… that’s the Holy Spirit. I always thought that the more I knew God the louder His voice would be to me.

Not true. His voice comes in the whisper of even the most intense situations. He has gotten quieter and quieter as I’ve grown… because He wants me to listen harder and harder to what He has to say and learn to block out everything else. God is good.


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