Soar Like Eagles!

Isaiah 40:29-31

29 He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.

I never realized until somewhat recently just how valuable it was to be weak, and how futile it was to believe I am strong.  You see, I went to church on Sundays my whole life.  I had it all together.  I worked hard.  What life tossed at me, I could handle.  Then I unexpected had a chance to change my life.  This sounded great.  Dreams coming true?  Bring it on.  I took off in a new direction geographically.  I hit some major speed bumps on the way to my new life.  I didn’t expect that to happen.  It was a growth period, but not just in the ways I expected.  Seems the Lord had better things for me than the “okay” life I was used to and so there were trees along the wooded path with big roots over which I repeatedly stumbled.  I left the woods and walked on pavement in the heat only to find those speed bumps He’d poured.  I prayed and lamented.  I landed on my butt a few times.  I finally looked up and listened.  Seems He had been waiting for me to hand over the load I was carrying and allow myself to be weak, yet through Him gain a strength I have never known. 

 Surrendering is something I’m still learning more and more about, but the more I learn about giving my burdens to the Lord, the more I am amazed that I was so foolish as to think I “had it under control” and the more I realize that I was settling for so much less than He wants to give me!  I’ve been stumbling, even now.  However, the more I learn to trust Him with my life, the more my soul dances!  The deeper my relationship with Him becomes, the more often I “soar on wings like eagles!”  What a way to go!  Won’t you fly with me? 

 

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6 Responses to Soar Like Eagles!

  1. Barbee says:

    Your comments had me opening my Bible, and I thought I would share Psalm 139:9-10
    “If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
    even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.”

    I like to think our Lord is “holding you fast” and I hope that gives you comfort!
    God bless you for sharing.

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    • Thank you. Those words provide me with a great deal of comfort. I’ve just paid the monthly bills and thus been forced to see what my human eyes view as “how much longer” but the Lord is blessing me steadily and I truly believe and know He has a plan. He keeps telling me to do what’s on my heart. He knows what that is. If this is His blessing me and affirming my passion for sharing His love through my writing, He will provide the financial provision I need. Just a short while ago I prayed “let me feel your hands on me holding me and leading me,” and look at the quote you chose to share. As I see it, that’s an answer to my prayer. He used you to give it to me.

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  2. This is so sweet. I’m so glad I came across you…

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  3. chris says:

    Hi Martha…I’ve been working my way through reading Job and your message is right on target with what God wants us to be ‘listening” to — all that He put forth for us through the Holy Spirit, even back to Job’s own lamentations. God calls us forth to listen to His Word, especially in times of stumbling, surrendering all to Him. As He asked of Job, If I created the ox and the ostrich….will you not trust me in the trouble I have brought you to?”

    That admonishment really makes me take a deep pause. Amen.

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    • Thank you Chris! I can relate to Job’s feelings and God’s teaching to him as well. I’ve been without a job for three and a half years after a move across country to a new home. Like Job, I’ve worried more than I need to since the lord has a plan, but my human eyes often see the bank account that’s running out of funds and the mortgage bill that keeps coming. On the other hand, and like this post and others suggest, the Lord’s hand is leading me and His grace and blessings are AWESOME. I can truly see so many amazing gifts that are worth more to me than money and which would never have come ot pass if I’d been employed. The time for growth in my relationship with the Lord makes all the “but how am I going to pay my bills” worthwhile. I hope I won’t lose my home but no matter what happens, He has a plan that will be better than anything I could have ever done without Him. His Holy Spirit is my ever present companiion and guide. I can soar like an eagle as long as I listen to Him and keep my focus with Him. Being able to connect with folks through my blog has been WONDERFUL and such a blessing to me. Thanks be to God!

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