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On Wings of Eagles

July 1, 2013

Bald Eagle in Flight, Photo by Carole Robertson (“Mandcrobertson”), (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

Eagles are powerful birds, capable of flying to heights of 15,000 feet or more. They can achieve speeds of 30-35 mph in flight.  Adults have a seven foot wingspan. Fierce and strong, eagles are not afraid to share rising thermals with hang gliders.

The bald eagle was selected as the emblem of the United States in 1782 when the Great Seal was adopted.  That a great nation would choose such a symbol is understandable.  How we — who struggle with daily trials, large and small — might gain wings like those of eagles is more difficult to comprehend.

The car refuses to start the morning of a badly needed job interview.  The children have outgrown their shoes again.  She sits on hold for an hour with some agency, desperate for help.  He is suddenly coughing up blood.  The list of trials is endless.  We can begin to feel as insignificant as dust motes in a hurricane.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.  That is not an empty promise.  The Lord has not forgotten us.  We have not fallen off His radar.  We are never out of mind.  He is pursuing our sanctification, and increasing our endurance — even when we think we can bear no more.

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” (Isaiah 40: 31).

Lord God, we ask that you renew our strength and the strength of our troops, though we (and they) may be past the point of exhaustion. Be patient with our impatience, Lord, for we are flesh and wrestle against the bonds of time.  We rely on Your promise that we will rise on wings of eagles.  We wait on Your perfect timing.



One Comment
  1. Reblogged this on Melanie Bennett and commented:
    They Will Soar With Wings Like Eagles.

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