By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
One of my favorite promises in the Bible is found in Isaiah 40:31 where new or renewed strength is assured for those who wait on the Lord.
“They shall soar high on wings like eagles,” says the New Living Translation.
I’ve written quite a bit about this encouragement, and one of the daily devotions appearing in the 2020 Guideposts, All God’s Creatures, features my thoughts on this verse.
It’s easy to imagine myself soaring on wings of faith, buoyed by the rising breath of God’s Spirit, but …
What if I can’t?
What if I can’t even hold my arms out?
What if my faith-feathers are puny and undeveloped?
Recently I read a passage in Exodus of God reminding the Hebrews that He brought them out of Egypt after years of captivity. In His reminder to them, I gained a new perspective on the eagle metaphor. A new appreciation of the lengths to which our Father will go.
“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself” (Exodus 19:4 NLT).
Again, in Deut. 32:11, I read, “Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, so he spread his wings to take them up and carried them safely on his pinions” (NLT).
These two images tell a completely different story than the one I frequently envision. They show a God who carries us. One who lifts us on His wings when we can’t fly on our own. One who knows what we’re made of and loves us even in our frailty.
The next time I feel myself soaring on a rising thermal, I’ll be sure to check beneath my feet for the smooth-feathered surface of His wide-spread wings.
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At Hawthorne Ranch, sprinklers vaulted over the paddocks, and cow-calf pairs grazed in the upper pastures. A red-tailed hawk soared across Laura’s view and drew her eyes with its effortless climb. As a child she’d watched the regal birds for hours. She knew where they nested and had learned how they rode the thermals.
Why couldn’t she glide through life like that?
Frustrated, she went inside, and an answer trailed her to the shower. You’re not rising on the heat.
Heat she understood.
~The Miracle Tree, now available on audio.
Inspirational Western Romance – where the hero is heroic.
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