Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
The other weekend I went to Daytona Beach for a meeting. While there I enjoyed people para-sailing. The para-sail was connected by an extreme extra-long cord, to a motor boat. The speed of the boat kept it up in the air, guiding it through the wide open space of the sky.
As I watched I was amazed as the people were actually flying without the aid of a motor, and had effortlessly reached the heights of the sky. And as long as they stayed connected to the speed boat via the umbilical-looking attachment, they would never fall.
It is this that reminded me of a passage in the Bible: "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Is 40:31 NIV)
Just like these people, we, as Christians, can soar way up high, just like eagles! But we, too, have to rely on an "umbilical" cord that attaches us to our Maker and Savior. This "umbilical" cord is called trust.
But trust doesn't come too easily, especially nowadays.
To trust completely we have to set aside our pride, as well as all of our petty preoccupations. We have to put our entire focus on the person we trust. Only then can we soar way up to heights we would never have imagined. Gone are the addictions. Gone are the worries. Gone is any selfishness and unforgiveness.
"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matt 6:33-34 NIV)
This is where most of us go wrong. We are so attracted by our own obsessions that we never find the time to start trusting anyone, much less the one many sadly call the "Man upstairs". And that's where we continue to live a mundane life with all its whistles called addictions attached to it.
We all fall short of the assured promise: "All these things will be given to you as well."
It seems to be human nature that as soon as we are experiencing any kind of soaring in the heights of the sky, we immediately take out our pocket knife and severe the cord that keeps us in the air. "We can do it by ourselves" we claim, only to discover over and over again that it is not so, after we crash.
If we only took the time, we might realize one day that "soaring like eagles" is truly a reality for those who set aside their pride. "God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us." (Eph 3:20 The Message)
We can fly like eagles, but only if we truly stay connected to God in all humility with the "umbilical" cord called total trust.
We have a lot to thank our Heavenly Father for. Not only is He our Creator and our Savior, not only has He sent us numerous love letters through His Word, not only has He provided a guide to help us through the chaos of this world, He has made it possible for us to fly above all the mediocrity of this life.
Dear Lord, Thank You for being there to lead and guide us. Thank You for being the umbilical cord that gives us life. Help us not do things that would separate us from You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.