by Pastor Mark Jordan
“…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary.” (Isaiah 40:31, CEB)
Have you ever heard the quote that you can’t soar with the eagles if you flock with the turkeys? I saw that it was attributed to Warren Buffet, but the quote could easily predate him. Regardless, there is some wisdom there. A simple internet search reveals that eagles soar while turkeys remain on the ground. Turkeys are not independent; they will stick together and do the same thing every other turkey does. Eagles are independent, flying on their own, and thinking for themselves.
The last thing I want to do is denigrate turkeys, because this daily water could easily focus on the positive attributes of turkeys as a metaphor (community, staying grounded, seeking shelter), but I want to focus on the eagle. When Isaiah wrote the words that we know in 40:31, the context was the struggles the people of Israel were experiencing as a result of life, and a life lived waywardly from God. We often refer to these as storms, which we all must endure.
When an eagle encounters a storm, it uses the storm’s own energy to give it greater lift to rise above it. As the storm continues to swirl below, the eagle is flying safely above it. It continues to use the energy of the storm to remain high above as its wings might otherwise grow tired. What an image!
Isaiah referring to the eagle is relevant for you and me today. What storms are you enduring? They seem to have their own energy, don’t they? Follow Isaiah’s wisdom and advice, and derive you strength and stamina from God’s great energy. Allow it to keep you aloft while the storms swirl beneath you. After all, as God promised through Isaiah, you can walk, run, and even soar in the midst of life’s storms. Trust God’s energy to give you the strength and stamina you need.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being with me in the storm. Help me to use your eternal energy to keep me not just upright, but aloft as I walk, run, and soar for you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.