This verse is beautiful to read as a woman. It’s such an elegant picture. In the NIV it says in Isaiah 62:
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her vindication shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.
2 The nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
3 You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
The picture of being a crown in God’s hand, a tiara in the hands of the King is amazing to me. A diadem by definition is a crown that is worn especially by a king or queen as a symbol of royalty; a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty; royal dignity or authority. He regards you as this beauty as this splendor.
Today I have terrible allergies in my eyes. My eyelids are swollen and I kind of found myself blinded by the sunlight wearing my glasses today on the walk to work. Right before I got to the building a dragonfly swooped over and landed in my hair. On the top of my head. Granted my involuntarily reaction working in Manhattan was “Ew Pigeon” and I swooped it off my head but afterwards I realized it was kind of cute.
Being a fan of all things Google I decided to investigate the dragonfly when I got to the office. “I learned that the dragonfly gains her power from the sunlight. Her brilliant colors come from the reflection of light. Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.” – http://www.dragonflyministries.com/
That image was pretty powerful to me. I was momentarily blinded in a most nerdy way with my swollen eyes and glasses but once I regained vision, pow, dragonfly. I was intrigued and snooped around some more and actually found some information about eyeballs. Neat:
“As human beings, we have just one lens in each eye. A dragonfly
has many lenses in each eye – actually, some 20,000 – 30,000 lenses. In a sense, a dragonfly really has 20,000 – 30,000 eyes! A dragonfly sees through all these eyes at once, and as a result it can see all 360 degrees around it. Can you imagine looking at things with eyes like a dragonfly’s?
The life lesson the dragonfly teaches us in this instance is that we need to look at
our fears with new eyes – with a broader perspective. Rather than narrowly
focusing on the fear itself, magnifying it and allowing it to paralyze us, we can look at our fears as opportunities. Fear can be an opportunity for safety. Sometimes our fears cause us to move away from a harmful situation. Sometimes our fears lead to new growth. We can become stronger and healthier when we learn to face our fears and look at them with new eyes. Sometimes our fears can deepen our trust. Psalm 27:1 says “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation. Whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”
Did you notice how many wings a dragonfly has? It has four wings – two pairs that operate independently. The dragonfly is the planet’s fastest flying insect, with a top speed between 35 and 45 mph. Dragonflies can move in all six directions – forward, backward, left, right, up, and down. They can hover like a helicopter, corkscrew, turn 180 degrees, and stop on a dime. And they do all this with complete elegance and grace. Amazing! Scientists tell us that there are more than 5,500 species of dragonflies worldwide, with about 450 species in America alone. As human beings we are quite diverse as well. We must also learn what is special and unique about us. Our calling is not to do what everyone else is doing. Our task is to seek out what God has prepared for us to do, and then to do that with all our might. Do you feel comfortable being yourself, or do you feel like you need to pretend? My encouragement is that you take this life lesson from the dragonfly, and be YOU! – http://www.mywebhost1.com/bms/lifelessonsfromdragonflies.pdf
That sounds pretty good. The dragonfly is really great at seeing things all around them as they fly around quickly and in various flight patterns. Each one is unique. I think this is a cool picture for how to look at ourselves. We are all crowns of creation to God and he equips us to be able to see with 20/20 vision–and all around us. Not only that but he equips us to maneuver through life with elegance and grace. One of my favorite findings was that “according to Dr. Javaan Chahl, the quick aerial movements allow the dragonfly to disguise itself as a motionless object” – http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=9&article=1796
I found that so awesome because a lot of time you feel like you are a stationary object. You aren’t advancing in your career, you aren’t on the marriage or baby track, and sometimes you can feel like you aren’t moving. But don’t you see? That’s the secret weapon. The Enemy might think there is nothing special about you, people in your life might be disappointed in where your life is and had bigger aspirations for you, but while they are tricked into thinking your movements are motionless, in reality you are flying. In the same article is mentions that the military is interested in this type of motion “they recognize the incredible implications for technological development—from the ability of fighter aircraft to approach the enemy undetected, to greater maneuverability, to enhanced helicopter logistics.” But what if we look at ourselves as that “fighter aircraft”. Imagine that we are more than a crown and greater than a dragonfly because in this life we are in battle and we have the God-given abilities to approach the enemy undetected–even if all around us–even to ourselves we look stationary.
What a beautiful walk to work.
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