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.
Have you ever wondered how it would feel to be a bird, flying through the air with the wings of an eagle, so strong, so fast, so high? I love watching videos of eagles as they soar through the heavens. How they effortlessly dive out of the sky and snag their next meal. Would life have been better if we were eagles?
Sometimes I wish that I could fly as high as an eagle, and with good cause: eagles can fly above a storm. Eagles fly at great heights, flung upward by massive winds, soaring above it all. Picture it -- flying above a storm! So it is with us. With God's help, as we wait on Him, we can mount up with wings as eagles, and fly above the storm! We are helped by the storm's currents to escape the buffeting and fly above all the stressful commotions of this life. That sounds good to me.
There have been days that I just sit completely overwhelmed by the pain in my back. The storms of life are hard to endure, for they hurt us, not only physically, but also spiritually. We can feel alone and afraid. But Jesus brings us good news! We can turn our hurts, our thoughts, our very souls towards the Lord and wait on Him. He is with us. In the quietness, we feel our souls refreshed and lifted high above it all. It won't be long before we can fly high above the hurt, soaring with joyful abandon above it all.
The Lord has promised never to leave us, never to forsake us. We read those encouraging words in Matthew 28:20, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (NIV) Jesus' acceptance and love are so wonderfully healing that our souls are set free, and we are encouraged to try again. We are free of the burden of what happened. We can fly high, ever higher like an eagle, high above life's turmoil and pain. God's love is with us as we wait on the Lord patiently. His words encourage us. Each storm strengthens our faith, for it is God's promise that, as we wait on Him, we mount up like the eagle above the storms of life. We can face today.
Dear Lord, as we experience the pains of life help us hang on to You. As we commit to You what is worrying us and hurting us in this life, may we fly high in Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.