(The following blog was originally posted in 2013, when we lived in Alaska.)
Bald eagles are common in Alaska, but it never fails to thrill me when I see one flying. I had seen several in zoos in the Lower 48 and knew that they were majestic, but it wasn’t until I saw one soaring overhead that I realized how truly awesome they are. Eagles can soar because they use thermals effectively; they float on the wind currents and do not have to flap their wings very much. This saves their energy and allows them to travel faster and further than on their own strength.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
I am in the process of learning that waiting on the Lord is like soaring on the thermals. When I let Him direct my path (floating on the wind currents) he will easily lead me where I need to go. When I insist on flapping my own wings, I get tired very quickly and I really don’t go very far. When things go wrong, I have two choices. I can either grow increasingly more frustrated and start flapping my wings harder and harder and try to fix the problem on my own; or, I can rest in the fact that God is in control and float on His thermals of peace. The harder I flap my wings the more tired and frustrated I get, but in the times when I choose to let go and trust in God completely, He brings the renewal and peace that He has promised.
The times when life doesn’t go as planned are when we find out where our faith really is. Click To Tweet I know that I need to stop flapping my wings and trust in God and His planning more. How about you? How is God teaching you to trust Him lately? Let me know in the comment form below.