“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.” (Exodus 19:4)
When I came out of hospital early this year, I had little energy and motivation to do much. When I woke in the morning, sometimes after very little sleep, it seemed that it was just too hard to get up out of bed. Contemplating what I had to do, or even what I hoped to accomplish in the day, seemed overwhelming.
In church one morning I was struck by the words of the song Eagles Wings* that seemed to relate so well to where I was at, just then. It talks about us being raised up on eagles wings–the power of the Spirit that helps us when we can’t do it alone. I’ve always loved the picture of an eagle, with wings spread, just gliding on the air currents in what appears to us, to be such an effortless ease.
We wait, longing for God’s Spirit to raise us up, breathe live into us, so we may rise up on eagles wings. Maybe that rising up is away from some difficult situation, or maybe just rising up to see a bigger picture–from God’s perspective– that might make this present situation, seem only a small thing in light of eternity.
I believe that God’s Spirit will raise us up in whatever way we need at that time–that He gives us the skill, resources, energy that we need, to do what He calls us to do. But sometimes I let my own circumstances, the dailyness of chronic pain, make it hard for me to remember. I forget that I need to look back at how many times before, God has given me what I need, the number of times when I have done so much more than I thought I could–because it mattered to God.
As God reminded the Israelites in the above verse, we can be carried by the hope our faith gives us–God’s faithfulness in our past, that promises us the same for our future.
Prayer: Father, help me to rest in You and allow You to take over every part of my life. Breathe your Spirit into me and when I falter, remind me that You have promised to raise me up again. Amen.
* Eagles Wings – Reuben Morgan
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
Does the idea that God will carry us on eagles wings, bring you comfort? When has that made a difference to your circumstances?