“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.” Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)
As I read this verse this morning I have to say until recently I have felt more like a turkey than an eagle. But as I have experienced letting go of some responsibilities that weren’t mine to begin with, and giving them to my heavenly Father, He has enabled me to increase my altitude. It is hard to soar with excess baggage. I may not be up there with the jet set but I am beyond the clouds and the dark skies and beginning to see where God’s hand at work in the difficulties of this life.
Even though the eagle can not see or understand the currents of air that enable it to soar in the heavens it launches out into the air, by God’s design, knowing it was made to soar.
Even though we do not understand all the ways of God and can not see God we can, by God’s grace and power, step out in faith knowing, by His design, we too are made to soar.
As we take that step in faith and trust our heavenly Father with our lives He will lift us over the earth bound things of this world to soar “with wings like eagles” instead of flapping our wings furiously in an attempt to reach our desired destination in our own limited power. Only in letting go and allowing Him to carry us along on His grace, mercy and strength will we become all He designed us to be.
Baby eagles learn to fly by flapping their wings and hopping around the nest, along with jumping to nearby tree branches. After doing this for days or a few weeks, they are ready to fly out of the nest. After spending enough time hopping, flapping and jumping to other branches (called branching), it is ready for its first flight. The amount of practice time varies somewhat from baby to baby.Once an eaglet has made its first successful flight, called a fledging, it will continue to practice flying to nearby trees for a month or two and then leave the nest for good. (Reference: www.hancockwildlife.org, www.learner.org)
Like the eagle, who has to go through different stages before it can soar, we are all at different stages in our faith journey in learning we can trust Christ and soar in His strength.
Some of us are still in the nest, jumping around but going no where, in need of Jesus to help us step out of the nest and trust Him.
Some have stepped out onto a branch trusting Christ for the first time.
Some have been going from branch to branch learning to trust Christ in different areas of their life as they grow in there faith and the knowledge of God’s will.
Some have taken that first short flight but still not willing to leave the comfort of the nest completely.
And some have been walking with Jesus for a long time experience both resting and soaring in His power.(we need both)
Like the eagle who’s stages of learning to fly vary, the stages of faith vary from person to person. Therefore we can’t judge others by their how high they can fly.
Each one of us start out in the nest with no knowledge and power of our own but loved and designed by God to soar in His power in the heavens. He alone provides the power and the flight plan.
We are designed to soar!