“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.” – Isaiah 40:31
I’m not sure where you’re at today in your spiritual walk with God, but I do know that there are days when I feel emotionally and spiritually spent. My hope in God isn’t where it should be. There are days in which my compassion level is at an all time low and my apathy level is at an all time high…and that scares me. It’s in those moments that I am reminded of the Eagle:
On a number of occasions, while driving, I have looked out my windows of the van and seen amazing sights around me…on a couple of instances as I’ve looked out into nature on such a drive, I have glanced up at the trees and witnessed the majesty of soaring Eagles. Eagles don’t flap as much as other birds, their wing spans are very large and because of it, once they reach a certain height in the sky, they let the wind currents do all of the work as they spread out their magnificent feathered wings and glide high above it all. But how do they get up there? First, of course there’s the leap from their nests or perches, then the initial exertion of flapping broad wings to reach the necessary altitude for soaring. These Eagles know where to find the wind currents, they understand it will be there but they have to do the initial work of getting there first…
As followers of Christ, if we want to be mature Christians, reaching new heights and allowing His Holy Spirit to ignite us and spur us onward into our world, we first have to do the initial work of faith and belief. There can be no doubt left that God will be there for us. He is constant, He is faithful and He wants us to soar…but we have to make the climb.
Isaiah 40:31 is a powerful verse, one of my favorites, but did you catch the initial sentence? But those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength. When we launch outward and up, there has to be an element of faith and hope that the Lord is there for us. If we launch out and up with grains of doubt, tinges of mistrust in Him, we most likely will launch, fall and land flat on our faces. To be empowered, ignited by God and His mighty strength, we have to first believe and place all of our hope in Him. Then the soaring can take place. Only after we Hope in the Lord can we achieve such heights.
Before we can soar, before we can be renewed the initial work of stepping or launching out and up we have to make a decision, to play it safe – remaining in our nests or perches and eventually starve spiritually; OR – Hope in the Lord, trust in His mighty power and leap out there knowing He will be there to help us soar.
So what will it be? Will we play it safe and never expand, grow or even soar? Or will we launch outward and up as we confidentially and boldly trust in His mighty power?
May we all find our soaring altitude…thanks be to God!