THE FLIGHT OF THE EAGLE
By Carolyn Dale Newell
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Is. 40:31 (NKJV)
Are you good at waiting? Scripture repeatedly tells us to wait on the Lord (Ps. 37:34, Is. 8:17). Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
We need patience, a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). , which is sometimes translated “longsuffering”. There are times when believers need to suffer long, praying fervently while waiting on the Lord.
There is a blessing for those who wait. As we have seen in the verses above, God will give strength to those who wait. Strength – to get through the illness, to get through the financial disaster, to go on when you don’t think you can go one more step – that kind of strength is not within us, but it comes from God just when we need it. This strength allows us to run and not be weary as we persevere.
Now, let’s turn our focus to the eagle. Eagles are very strong, large birds. Their wing span is usually over 7 feet, and they can carry large prey while they fly. They can fly at speeds of over 40 mph. Although the eagle is strong, he depends on something else to help him soar. They use thermal convection currents to carry them. This occurs when the warmer air near the earth’s surface rises.
As the eagle depends on these air currents to soar, we must depend on God. We must depend on His wisdom and patiently wait on Him. We must depend on God’s strength to help us. We must depend on God to keep us from being weary when we run. We must depend on Him to keep us from fainting when we can barely walk.
It is so wonderful to know that we have a loving, heavenly Father who takes care of us. During your next storm, wait on the wind of the Lord to carry you through.
Help me as I wait. Forgive my impatience. Strengthen me and help me not grow weary. Thank You for being the wind that carries me along. Amen.
Read Ps. 37:34 and Is. 8:17.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Ask God to give you patience. What are some areas of your life where you can exert more patience?
Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.