Friday, June 10, 2011

Lessons from the Decorah Eagles: Eagle's Wings

Isaiah 40:31 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.

As I have been watching the eagles, I am amazed at their power when they take to flight from the nest and fly down to a perch below.  As they care for their young, they seem to have a continual supply of energy.  When they fly into the nest, if I have the sound up on my computer speakers, the sound of the wind that their wings makes is surprising. 

They have had the strength to protect their young through snowy winter days and from predators such as owls that would try to snatch their young in the night. Yet in spite of these sometimes long and difficult days and nights, they have the strength to continue to hunt and care for their young. 

This Scripture promise is not saying that we will never be physically weary.  At this writing I am very weary from a day on the road and visiting in another city.  Sometimes I don't sleep well and am just plain tired out. It's a fact of life that we do grow weary from time to time.  As we age, our bodies slow down and we become physically tired much more easy.

What I believe this passage is talking about is spiritual strength and perseverance.  As we wait on the Lord each day, He will give us the spiritual strength we need for the challenges of the day.  Sometimes this translates to physical energy as well, because as we trust Him and wait on Him, it means we don't spend our energy worrying and fretting over things we have no control over.

God is faithful and He can and will take care of the details of life that we can't control.  Therefore, we can wait on Him and He will renew our strength to continue on through whatever difficulties or trials come our way.

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