Soaring Upwards on the Wings of the Spirit

...but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isa 40:31)

I’ve always loved eagles - I think they are such majestic and powerful looking birds, and I love taking my kids to see them by Lake Red Rock in the winter. I always assumed they must have incredibly powerful muscles to flap their wings, but this morning I learned otherwise when reading today’s devotional from Joni Eareckson Tada’s book “A Spectacle of Glory - God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day.”

In reality, the muscles that control an eagle’s wings are actually quite weak - weaker in fact than the tiny hummingbird! How then does an eagle fly? It identifies warm air updrafts which carry it upwards into the sky - from there it can stretch it’s wing and soar through the air as it surveys below looking for prey.

As I read this morning, I had to agree with Joni that this was a great spiritual lesson - as a Christian, I know in my own strength that my spiritual “muscles” are puny, much like the eagle. However, when I stretch myself in faith and let the powerful updrafts of the Holy Spirit carry me - then I am able to do what previously seemed impossible!

The next time you see an eagle, take a moment and thank God for his Spirit that allows us to “soar on wings like eagles.”