With the last name Hauck, often mispronounced as Hawk, and the childhood nickname Hawkeye, it wasn't until much later in life that I realized the hawk was a spiritual messenger for me.
Last Sunday a rare encounter happened with a juvenile hawk. Driving home on the long stretch of our dead-end street, a young Red-shouldered hawk waited in the grass near the pasture by our driveway.
We stopped and I rolled down my window.
What was he up to?
One feather stuck up like a flag on a mailbox. It seemed like a special angel delivery. When I asked for permission for a photo, he turned his head for a profile shot.
Then the air shifted. He turned toward me and stared. His piercing brown eyes locked in on mine. I've never been held in the gaze of a hawk, and I wondered what he saw in me.
Something passed between us. An energy exchange.
Suddenly a raucous screech burst from his sharp yellow beak as he glared at me, squawking, giving me the business.
Quickly, I rolled up the window. A hawk parked so close to home was significant. When a hawk circles high, it signals to see the big picture. Opportunities are coming your way.
But this young one waited in the grass, and soon flew low into the woods, leaving me wondering about the message.
I looked up the symbolism of the Red-shouldered hawk. In the Native American culture, it represented the messenger between man and God. A signal that spiritual help can be found in the heavens. A sign to keep your mind on heavenly things...
I also learned Red-shouldered hawk teaches one the importance of being trustworthy, in doing what they say they will do. A reprimand to finish the projects I began years ago. Those hawk-eyes are now the background on my laptop, a reminder to keep my word.
Remember you are never alone. Look for the happy things of God to come your way today. Take time to appreciate nature and watch for the joy you'll find when you do. Heavenly help is here...keep having faith in the unseen blessing that you are in the company of angels for God is faithful in His Word. "For He shall give his angels charge over you..."
Love and peace,