STRENGTH TO SOAR
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
About 10 years ago, I had the privilege to take a group of graduated seniors on a senior trip to Vancouver Canada. While we were there we had the opportunity to go to Grouse Mountain and really see some amazing views of Vancouver. While we were there, we were able to climb to the top of the viewing section of their giant wind turbine, watch some Canadian lumberjacks compete against one another, and be educated by their staff on the amazing lives of different types of birds such as vultures, ravens, hawks, and you guessed it.. EAGLES. This was the first time in my life that I had actually been so close to a real, live bald Eagle. Funny that it took me going to Canada to see our national symbol of freedom and pride, but nonetheless, I was amazed when I heard about the story of the eagle.
See from a very young age, eagle mothers are prepared to teach their children a very valuable lesson about survival. After only 6 weeks, the mothers are ready to push the young Eaglettes out of their nest because it is not time for them to muster the strength they need to fly and to survive. The mother eagles are preparing their offspring to fly and also making
their nest an uncomfortable place for the Eaglettes to return to. They are using what seems to be a very cruel life lesson to really prepare them to draw strength from within. I know that sounds crazy from a human side of things, but in reality it is the natural process of their life. They must continue to push their children in preparation of the day that they will soar into the world for themselves.
I think that is why we hear these words from Isaiah today. I think that possibly Isaiah had experienced this phenomenon and had learned a very valuable lesson from God's creation. See today, we are all in need of maybe getting a little push to move forward and find strength to finish the hours, days, weeks, or even months that we may be heading into with this pandemic. Right now we really don't have any time frame past today. And for some of us that drives us insane. We are now living into the moments where we are getting mentally, emotionally and physically drained. Not that we are really doing any less work than we did before, but it is all happening in the same place with no real light to be seen at the end of the proverbial tunnel. WE ARE WEARY! So too was Isaiah. After Isaiah had finally realized God's true calling in his life and had finally accepted the call to follow God wherever he needed him to go, his life began to move into high gear. He was no longer taking the easy way out and he found himself mentally, physically, and spiritually tired.. Sound familiar?
Honestly, when I read these words today my mind quickly goes to all of those who are on the new forefront of these battle grounds. I continue to think and pray for those who are facing this COVID-19 situation every day of their lives. I continue to think is there any part of my skill set that would allow me the opportunity to go and help or at least give some relief as they are sacrificing all of their lives in this battle... and they are truly tired and weary on all fronts. I hear and see stories of nurses that I know that have left their homes to go to other
parts of the country where the situation is out of control because they are willing to follow the calling God has in their hearts. I watch as doctors, nurses and first responders are putting their lives on the line and separating themselves from their families because it is their calling to do all that they can to help someone in need.. even to the point of breakdown and exhaustion.
So I say all that today to say this... Even though I may have not been called into the medical field to help fight on those fronts, I have been called into an opportunity to play a support role. We have ALL been called to pray and do all that we can to help others feel the love and power of God. As Eagles are willing to make the tough decisions in helping to strengthen their children, we too must be willing to make the tough choices and prepare for the battle at hand and the war to come. It is not going to go away silently. We must realize that we are in a time of spiritual warfare for our world, our community, our families, and ourselves. We must realize that God will continue to allow us to draw strength if we are willing to dig deep and HOPE IN THE LORD. It is plain and simple. If we Hope in the Lord HE will renew our strength, and we WILL soar on wings like eagles. God is trying to push us out of the comfort of our complacency, our nest, and prepare us for what is ahead. God is preparing us for survival because the time is coming soon that we are going to have to fly on our own as it pertains to the spiritual nurturing of people in this world. We are going to have to rely on an ALL-POWERFUL God who is nudging us to fly and carry the GOSPEL to the world. Are you ready to get out of the nest... or are we going to fail to build the strength we need to move the GOSPEL forward to the world?