AN AMERICAN STORY

A HawkI appreciate that so many of you have asked if I would resume the Friday tradition of AN AMERICAN STORY. I’m glad that you have enjoyed them and this is the first on this new FB page. In the future, I might repeat someprevious stories knowing that now I’m also reaching a new audience; so those who have been long time readers, I hope you will understand.
Today’s story is different than any previous because it involves something that happened just this week to me, and I wanted to share it with you.
Dawn was breaking and I was already at the computer working on a FB post. My eyes were buried in my research and then for some reason I raised my head and turned to look at the balcony.
There was a Red-Tailed Hawk … at least 20 inches tall, perched on the railing.
I slowly picked up my phone and got the best pictures I could. He didn’t move. Slowly, I stepped out of the room and woke my wife so she could see it; she got a few more shots with her camera.
Then, I slowly moved closer and closer.
The hawk swiveled his head in search of prey; a couple of sparrows and even a Mockingbird dived at him, but he remained steady.
I got less than 10 feet from him; it is possible that with the reflection from the glass he couldn’t see me; he remained perched for several more minutes before taking flight.
My wife said, That is clearly a sign … a good sign for us at this time in our lives.
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I did some research and found several sources about the meaning of a hawk appearing in your life:
It is a time to be less distracted by details and focus on higher perspective
Relying on the hawk’s power … you can fly high above troubles and see what’s ahead
The hawk is a bird of prey and emphasizes your ability to lead and influence others
A hawk appearing in your life can signify a time to take more initiative
It can give you strong visions … clairvoyant skills to support your goals in life and communicate to others
Hawk Totem people aim to initiate and lead, but sometimes may be shunned or feared by those frightened by their power.
Hawk Totem people have: Awareness, Perspective, Insight, Truth, Visionary Power, Guardianship, Strength, Initiative, Decisiveness, Creativity, Messenger, Caution, Maneuvering, Leadership
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So, how much do I believe in all of those descriptions?
There are many which are certainly desirable; some make perfect sense, and others are baffling.
I believe in God’s power, not hawks, but I also know that God uses different ways to reach us with a message.
I’m sure many of you have experienced similar events with hawks or other of God’s creatures.

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