“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. . . . .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 40:29, 31)
There is something graceful and beautiful about an eagle–maybe it’s the big wing span; maybe it’s the elegant way it soars along in the sky. Whatever it is, the eagle is a wonderful creature that’s a sight to behold.
I find this bird fascinating because when it flies, it seems so effortless, so easy. Of course, God created it to fly and it has a special limb structure that allows it to do that.
However, as I read through Isaiah 40 today, I was reminded that the eagle is a magnificent creature but without the wind for it to fly on, it would not be able to fly. It’s the air of the sky that lifts the bird to its mighty heights–not solely the bird itself.
It flies not by its own strength but from the strength of the wind. God carries us like that.
When we feel we cannot go one more step; when we can’t hold our bodies up for one more moment; when we can’t move from exhaustion; when we can’t walk but only seem to fall–that’s when the wind of the Lord lifts us up and carries us farther than we ever could have imagined.
When we depend on His strength we will indeed soar like eagles as it’s His loving arms that carry us to safety. What a spiritual and physical picture of God’s love and care for us.
I hope this illustration encourages you today to trust in Him when you’re tired and weary–there’s no better place to be then in the arms of Jesus. “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. . .” (Psalms 91:4a)
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for lifting me up when I thought I couldn’t go any further. Thank you for being my strength when I am weak. Amen.
(Topic inspired by a “chalk talk” sermon performed by Greg Lunt)
About the Author
Bridget Gazlay resides in beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with fibromyalgia, endometriosis, IBS, kidney stones, and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric art on the side. Bridget’s prayer is that anyone who comes across her writing or artwork would see she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” Find out more about Bridget at, http://www.uniquelyfabric.com.
Are you asking God to lift you up? Or are you trying to fly on your own strength?
Sometime we need to be lifted up–sometimes we need carried! This song, “Carry Me” By Josh Wilson is a touching reminder that we are never too heavy for The Lord to carry us. Be encouraged. -Lisa