Internal Dialogue

A Falcon with a Cap on its Head

My favorite CAH card, and one of my most favorite things IRL. We saw a falcon demo at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw back in January, and I just came across an old falconry article and framed this torn-out picture to hang in my office:

I started thinking about why this endearing image is so striking to me. I’ve always had a thing with wings and anything that has them–strong symbols of free-spirited independence (or even just free will). If I were the bird wearing this cap, I would be blocked from all distractions and have to trust the voice of my keeper. My natural inclination is to be free without restrictions, but I know that I have to learn to hear and to trust the still small voice of my God, who knows what’s best for me. The restrictions aren’t there to spoil my fun, but to keep me from hurt or pain. And they keep me returning to a loving Creator who supplies all of my needs. So thank you, Falcon with a Cap on its Head, for this sweet reminder.

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