But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 NLT
Why Don’t We Use Our Wings
Driving along a country road, my friend rounded the corner and immediately pressed on the brake. He had noticed a bird just ahead of us, standing in the middle of the road. It was a short distance off, but right in our path.
Expecting the bird to move, we continued to head towards it slowly, but it just continued to stand there happily in the middle of the road, unaware of the approaching danger – completely oblivious.
By this point, we were getting pretty close, so my friend slowed the car some more, and finally, the bird noticed us, but here’s the part we were not expecting…
It tried to run away!
For the next thirty seconds or so we rode along behind the bird, which was increasingly panicking, running as fast as its legs would carry it. It was funny to watch, and we wondered how long it would be before it realized. Then, at last, it was as if the penny dropped, and it remembered it had a greater power available to it than just the speed of its running.
It had wings!
As the bird finally soared off safely into the sky, my friend remarked, “Why do things with feet and wings try to use the feet first?”
Good question! But I have to be honest- sometimes I can be just like that bird. Maybe you can relate too.
We Have Access To Soar on Wings Like Eagles
A difficult circumstance arises, and I try to work my way out of it. I worry, I plan, I think, I question. In my panic, I work frantically, trying to sort everything out, trying to make it right, trying to fix it by myself, thinking that it all depends on me – all the time forgetting the fact that I have a much greater power at my disposal. I have access to soar on wings like eagles!
- I have God’s power – “the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.” (Ephesians 3:19-20 NLT)
- I have the Holy Spirit – a Spirit of “power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
- I have a God who promises “power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” (Isaiah 40:29 NLT)
- I have the assurance that “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NLT)
Why use your feet when you have wings?
Whether it’s pride or stubbornness, forgetfulness, or merely force of habit, it’s not the way we are meant to live. We were not created to battle on in our own strength, desperately running and never quite making it, feeling increasingly overwhelmed and on the verge of defeat.
We were made to turn to Him – to acknowledge our weakness and experience His power, the power that lifts us, no matter what our circumstances, and enables us to soar on wings like eagles in His strength.
We were made to fly!
Are there situations today where you are feeling weak or overwhelmed?
Why not bring them before God and ask for His power and help today?