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Up Up and Away with the Eagles

soaring-eagleDid your curiosity ever get the best of you and you wondered why eagles can fly higher than most other birds? Well, just in case you want to know, let us tell you the answer. The wings of eagles are larger than that of other birds, and this allows them to use the “soaring” type of flight in addition to the “flapping” type other birds use. Eagles soar by spreading their long rectangular wings, allowing the rising warm air current (called thermals) to keep them from tumbling to the ground, similar to the how airplanes fly. Not only does soaring allow eagles to reach heights other birds cannot attain, soaring also uses less energy so the eagles can fly longer without rest.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but 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.

Those words come from Isaiah 40:28-31 and they are some of our favorite words in all of the Bible. Boiled down, those verses say to you that if you depend upon Jesus completely when you are weak, an amazing thing happens … you get renewed strength. Let’s be honest, life does at times wear us down (we grow tired and weary) and at times we will stumble and fall. But if we depend upon Jesus by putting our trust and hope completely in Him, then we will not only get renewed strength to tackle whatever life throws at us, we will also soar to new heights. And just like the eagle, we can fly higher and longer without growing weary. As the passage tells us, by putting our hope in Jesus in all situations, we will effortlessly soar on wings just like eagles, rather than strenuously “flapping” our wings and using up so much energy.

So maybe today you find yourself worn out and weary, and you simply cannot flap your wings one more time because there is no gas left in your tank. Maybe you feel weak and vulnerable. Or maybe you are facing some situation that just seems too big to handle on your own. If that is you, then we encourage you right now to ask Jesus for an exchange. You give Him your weariness, your weakness, your tiredness, or your fearfulness and in return He promises to give you renewed hope, renewed strength, and a renewed breath of warm air that will lift your wings so you can soar like eagles! So today, run to Jesus and soon you will be flying high!

Dave Garrett

1/23/2015

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