“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” Isaiah 40:31
I have often read, and heard people say about eagles that when there’s a storm, eagles fly right into it, and then up above it, and I had always thought it was such a beautiful analogy of this verse in Isaiah 40. However upon some recent research I’ve since discovered that is a slight misunderstanding of what these magnificent birds actually do. Ornithologists seem to agree that eagles don’t fly above storms and are as likely as other birds to take shelter. At first when I read that I was a bit disappointed – I wanted it to be true! But then the more I read about eagles, the clearer Isaiah 40:31 started to become to my mind and heart.
The way God has designed an eagle to fly is such a beautiful picture of what He does in our lives when we put our trust in Him.
The eagle knows when a storm is approaching before it even breaks. She waits for the winds and utilises the power of uplifting thermals to enable and empower her to fly to those incredible heights without using up precious energy by flapping.
It takes a lot of energy to flap such large wings. Ornithological studies have shown that although eagles are perfectly capable of sustained flapping flight, they typically spend only an average of less than two minutes per hour doing so, the rest of their flight is spent soaring on the wind – essentially being carried by the wind.
This reliance on the wind saves the eagle considerable energy. For mile after mile of her journey the eagle barely even has to flap her wings.
What a picture of Isaiah 40:31!
Are you exhausted from ‘flapping’? I know, speaking for myself, that I wear myself out periodically from trying to do it all on my own.
Is there a storm brewing in your life? Maybe you’re right in the middle of a storm? You were never designed to go it alone!
We are in partnership with the Lord through life. He is the one who sustains you and I, sets our course, carries our burdens and bears us up.
The Holy Spirit, the Wind and very breath of God carries you – like the eagle, to incredible altitudes and for mile after mile. So that you barely have to ‘flap your wings’.
As the eagle waits for and trusts in the wind, wait for, trust in God.
Allow Him to swoop you up and carry you.