“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
I can’t say that I have seen many eagles in my life, but I did spend a summer watching birds. It was the summer of 1999, when I cared for a wheel chair bound woman with progressive MS in exchange for room and board. She was a bird fanatic—spending mornings and nice afternoons outside surrounded by her array of bird feeders. It was a particular treat one afternoon to see a hummingbird zooming in towards its feeder with its wings moving so fast that their wings were just a blur.
What a contrast there is between the hummingbird and the eagle. Honestly, I can relate a bit easier to the hummingbird who is beating its wings , using so much energy, darting here and there. We are so busy, so caught up in the hurry and worry of life’s problems and stress that finding time to be still and wait seems to escape us.
To be still and to wait is counter to human nature. What would our lives look like if heeded the words of this Isaiah text and trusted God like eagle trusts the air currents to lift those powerful wings so it can glide and soar?
Gliding and soaring sound a lot nicer than beating my wings like a mad woman while darting from here to there. Now only if I could remember this when I am in the middle of the hustle and bustle.