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Did you know that Eagles are called High Flyers? What does that mean exactly? Because Eagles fly 10,000-15,000 feet in the air they fly above the storms. Being patient and waiting are characteristics of High Flyers. Eagles see challenges and storms coming and make less noise waiting for the opportunities to glide with the current of the storm. I like The New Century version of James 1:2-3. It says, “My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” Let’s look closer at the word “Patience”.
As I looked up the word patience, I came across two meanings. The dictionary defines patience as the ability to accept or tolerate delays, problems or suffering without becoming anxious. How often do you find yourself anxious? I know there was a time in my life that I was always anxious. That means I was not being patient or accepting of my problems or sufferings. This was also a time that I wasn’t as close to God as I thought I was. You see, the world wants us to look into ourselves and think “Oh, I got this!” And we don’t “got this!”
The Bible presents patience as endurance. When I think of the word “endurance”, I think of someone running a race. Some may view life as a race. I get that, but you should only see life as a race if you see God standing at the finish line waiting for you with arms wide open as you enter Heaven! Otherwise, I personally don’t think we should view life as a race because we will miss all of the wonderful things God has in store for us here on Earth. This is patience my friends. Knowing that God see’s YOUR big picture. That he has written all of YOUR chapters from beginning to end. Knowing whatever sufferings or problems you face, they are not without reason or without God.
I encourage you to be more like an eagle and be patient with the present. Romans 12:12 says, Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. We should have confidence and know that the future holds possibilities that we may not be able to see. Jeremiah 17:7 says, But the person who trusts in the LORD will be blessed. The LORD will show him that he can be trusted.
I, like many of you, am in a season of patience. Just like me, you may have lots of unanswered questions. This is the time to take the back seat and enjoy the ride! Like the song says, “Jesus take the wheel!” I hope you can rest in Him and find endurance in this thing we call, “Life on Earth.” We should soar with the Holy Spirit because we are about to take flight! The next time you see a challenge or storm coming, be still and listen for his small voice. Know that God is with you, flying through the current of your storm. He loves YOU and Me!
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