Updated: Apr 1, 2019
“Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, Oh my soul; and forget not His benefits, he forgives all your iniquity, he heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the Pit; he crowns you with faithful love and compassion. He satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” Psalms 103: 1-5
“Renewed like the eagles” As a child I was pretty inquisitive, some would say nosey, but I like to say curious. Always asking why? This trait has stayed with me for my entire 24 years on this planet. I read Psalms 103 many times before but this time verse 5 stuck out to me. Why does the Lord tell us we will be renewed like the eagles? What’s so special about eagles, Lord? So I did some research and I found something really interesting about a Bald Eagle’s Plumage Stage. This basically includes the different stages in which the Bald Eagle develops? Apparently it is not until a Bald Eagle is 3 years old that it’s dark grey beak turns into a bright yellow, and it’s not fully yellow until it’s 5 years old. Once the beak is yellow, the eagle is stands out as ready to mate. The eagle is restored and ready, to soar and create new life.
Growing up one of the things I struggled with the most was understanding the wonderful features, whether they were physical or personality traits, that make the wonderful Black woman I am today. These things ranging from my thick eyebrows, jet black long hair and my darker tone skin. All the way to high school when teachers would mistake me being decisive and outspoken, to me being rude or “too sassy.” As I got older though my eyebrows became, “on fleek”, my hair turned into Black Women shouting “okay INCHES.” and my skin became a beautiful chocolate tone that looks great in yellow. Oh and “my sassiness” became me being bold and confident. This transition only happened when I met the One.
“He satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles”
My Father took who I was in my youth and completely renewed my soul. The person who I was in my youth was one who was less confident, entrapped in sin, and believed that the only way to be someone was to conform to the spaces she was constantly put in. As King David so boldly puts it, Our Father takes who we were in our youth and forgives, heals, and redeems it. Oh but what a mighty and faithful job He does with the Black woman. He takes the Black Women and pulls her out of the marginalized spaces she is often in and completely renews her. Dare we even say , He even gives her a space to soar!
Sisters as we spend the next few weeks learning how to Bless the Lord, may we start with knowing who He has created us to be….better yet how uniquely He has made us. Black women we are not a monolith; we are a group of different, fierce, bold, courageous, and most of all God-fearing women. Let us believe this as truth and Bless the Lord by walking in boldness.
Pray with me sis,
Lord, we praise you for your creations. We praise you for the beauty in all of your creations. You hung the stars in the sky and you know them by name. Lord in me you have created a uniquely woven woman. Today Lord, I pray I walk in the purpose you have set over my life with full confidence in who you are.