“Barn Swallows dart gracefully over fields, barnyards, and open water in search of flying insect prey. Snagging insects from just above the ground to heights of 100 feet or more.”  allboutbirds.org

Behind our house there is a beautiful, wide open field. It’s boundary is marked by a thick stand of trees, all manner of shrubbery,  and wild blackberry bushes. It is simply breathtaking.

My sweet man and I spend most evenings sitting on our deck taking it all in. Breathing in fresh air and contentment. Watching dusk fall. The moon and stars come out.

Just being. Simplicity. Peaceful.

Counting our gifts as we share our day and read God’s Word together.

We love this time of day. The geese fly over. The hummingbirds play. Occasionally a turkey comes close enough to say hello. The bird feeders are busy serving up a buffet to a variety of birds. The quail are calling. The mourning doves are cooing their sorrowful song.

Whispers of wind.

A mini vacation at the end of our day.

Lately I’ve taken to watching the Barn Swallows. And pondering.

Pondering as I watch them swoop low to the ground at what seems like reckless speeds. Pondering as they gracefully soar high again. Up and down, covering the entire field.

It’s as if I’m watching a carefully orchestrated ballet. It is a ballet of reckless speed and radical highs and lows.

And God is whispering in my ear…”watch and learn”.

More pondering as I watch in fascination.

I realize God is showing me how to live by using this beautiful ballet of Barn Swallows.

He is calling me to fly.

To fly with radical faith and reckless abandonment with Him. To grow a faith so strong. To love Him like nothing else matters. To love others as He loves me.

In Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love he says, “True faith means holding nothing back; it bets EVERYTHING on the hope of eternity”.

Can I, can you live out our faith in such a way that we hold nothing back?

NOTHING?

So moved by the extravagance of God in my life that I love and live extravagantly in Him.

Follow Him with reckless abandonment.

Have radical faith.

Willing to follow Him into death, as we have seen others do of late.

Holding nothing back from a God who has held nothing back from me.

Betting everything on eternity.

I’m willing to try. I desire to try. I long for that.

And when I fail He will cover me in His Grace.

And like the Barn Swallows, I will be back out tomorrow.

Dancing the beautiful ballet of a life. A life sold out for God.

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40:31a NLT

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn