How to Wait Upon the Lord and Fly Like an Eagle
Recently, I received a gift while on a trip to a park my husband and I hadn’t been to before. This gift reminded me of how to wait upon the Lord and fly like an eagle.
Although we anticipated exploring a new park, we ended up changing our plans on the way there because the weather was too windy for us to hang out in the woods. We decided to go birdwatching at Point Holmes Beach instead of giving up altogether on our outing.
And, my-oh-my, did our detour lead to a delightful destination.
A flock of bald eagles and seagulls flew feverishly over waves laced with spawning herring. While the birds feasted on fish, I feasted on photographing the flurry of feathers on the wind. And when sad thoughts of things going on in my life tried to spoil the oasis, I looked up at the sky full of wings and thanked God for the gift of this moment.
How do we soar in the middle of sorrows?
For believers, life is hard and then we fly; we fly away to be with Jesus. It’s not necessarily a good sign if everything is spinning along splendidly. In fact, I recently read somewhere that experiencing opposition during a venture may be proof you’re on the right adventure (my paraphrase).
So how do we soar in the middle of sorrows?
I’ve got lots and lots to be thankful for; however, I’ve also got things going on in my life that scare my soul to death. Because I’ve been on this fallen planet for over five decades, I’ve seen and experienced plenty of stuff that could knock the hope out of me.
But I’ve learned through failure to believe in an unfailing God.
He is able to make us winners in the midst of our losses.
And besides, “experiencing opposition during a venture may be proof you’re on the right adventure.”
As I hinted, in my freshly fleshed out quote above, we’re in a battle. War wages against our souls and the souls of those we’re praying for. The enemy of our spirit isn’t threatened or interested in us if we’re living a lukewarm, prayer-less life. But…he trembles when a woman wearing disheveled hair and a wrinkled house coat kneels to pray in the morning. He rages with anger when a man prays between sips of morning coffee. He cowers when children thank Jesus for loving all the little ones of the world.
- Praying, praising, and pausing to ponder the goodness of God renews our spiritual strength so we can soar during sorrows.
- Why should we focus on loss when Jesus said being lost is finished on the cross?
- To soar above our soreness, we may weep with the sunset and then rejoice when the sun rises to reveal a new day for God to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20 NIV).
- This is the hope we must trust: His Love and power.
- Yes, tears are good—but don’t dwell and drown in them; instead, saturate yourself with Scripture.
When grief is grueling, you may only have enough strength to recite one short verse. I remember having trouble sleeping after my dad died. I recited this short phrase over and over again, “Everything is in His hands.” It soothed my spirit and saved me with sleep.
The devil is a liar. He wants us to focus on fear.
God wants us to listen to love.
When worrisome words whirl around like dirty laundry in your mind, wash them with the Word of God and wring them out with recited Scripture. Write out His wisdom on your fridge, on your mirror, on your heart—so that whiny words are replaced with winning Words.
What we think about builds our inner world. When Bible verses are the blocks we use to form our worldview, our thought-life reflects this. Our thought-life shepherds our moods, our actions, and our reactions.
The fruits of the Spirit are a far cry from 50 shades of sorrow.
Even when the really bad stuff happens to us, Jesus is still our Savior, and joy is still our destiny. Don’t let the liar steal it. Lock God’s Word in your heart. It shoves despair out the door.
And this, my dear friends, is how to wait upon the Lord and fly like an eagle. Isaiah 40:31 also says this:
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’d like to close with a short poem and a video I took of the eagle taking off in flight:
When worries threaten to weigh me down
And the way looks desolate and dark
Help me remember the Truths in Your Word
So I’ll have hope in my heart.
Blessings of His Hope ~ Wendy
What’s your favorite Bible-building-block-verse to beat despair? I’m nosy-to-know.
I hope you enjoy the 90 second video I recorded at Point Holmes: