Did you know that eagles are master fliers? If you are like me, you are probably wondering, “What is a master flier?” Eagles can fly up to an altitude of 15,000 feet at 65 mph! At that altitude, they are neither flapping their wings nor struggling to maintain that pace. They are simply “gliding through the air effortlessly, rising higher and higher without ever flapping their wings.” What a beautiful picture to behold! Isaiah 40.29-31 says:
29 He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 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.
You and I - yes, the two of us - have the ability to glide through life effortlessly, higher and higher, without being anxious and fearful (flapping our wings). We don’t have to worry about what is going to happen next or how things will turn out.
Allow me to explain. Unbelievably painful and difficult circumstances regularly cycle in and out of our lives; however, the degree to which we trust and depend on the Lord determines our ability to soar and the altitude at which we can soar. Regularly feeding our soul, God’s Word gives us the ability to see God faithfully and consistently working in and through every circumstance of life. The Bible is full of people suffering unbelievable tragedies and God’s presence being the one constant source of all things needed. As we submit to God, depend on Him, and remain in Him, we will be able to soar. Does that mean that we will no longer suffer? Absolutely not! But it does mean that those painful circumstances will not overpower us and take our breath away. We will be confident that God is in control and is working on our behalf for our good and for His glory.
Eagles use turbulence to stay in the air and fly higher! One of my least favorite things about flying is turbulence: the bumpy air which causes the plane to suddenly lose altitude. Sudden drops on a roller coaster are one thing, but sudden drops on an airplane are a whole other thing! I have a thought: If we stay close to God by studying His Word and connecting with others, we can use the turbulence of life, trusting and expecting God to get us through. Our wings are spread, our hearts are at peace, we are weightless, and we are dependent on God to carry us along. Now that, my sisters, is soaring above our circumstances!
Director of Adult Ministries
Quail Lakes Baptist Church has a variety of ministries for everyone, young and old.