Ready to Soar?
Bald eagles migrate to our area for the winter months because of the many lakes and trees. The other day we headed to a lake for some eagle watching. With our binoculars in hand, we scanned the water and shoreline trees hoping to spot the majestic birds.
We were not disappointed! Several bald eagles perched on the dormant trees in the lake, some soared in spirals above us, some swooped down to the water to fish. It was amazing to see their grace and power to lift off into the air and soar.
Let’s take a lesson from the eagles.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “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.”
Hope means to wait with eager anticipation. It is also translated ‘wait.’ Usually we worry or become anxious while we wait. Strength is renewed as we wait, or rest, in the Lord.
The lift off of the eagle is powerful. First it must endeavor—stretch out the expanse of its wings to capture the wind so it can soar. The strength of its wings carries it upward. The verse also promises energy: “they will run and not be weary.” The Lord will provide the energy for the endeavors. And lastly, the verse speaks of endurance: “they will walk and not faint.” The endeavor will be carried out through God’s energy, for endurance accomplish the task.
This year will bring new endeavors, new energy, and stronger endurance. Wait and hope in Him when the waiting grows long. The result of hope is renewed strength to carry out your endeavors.