Soaring like eagles…
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 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.
This is one of my favorite passage in The Word; the other being John 16:33. It comforts me when I am seemingly uncomfortable, inconsolable. It strengthens me when I am at my weakest. Because, as the verse says, God DOES give strength to the weary; He DOES increase the power of the weak. It’s true, that when we hope on the LORD, when we put our TRUST in Him (not merely try to UNDERSTAND Him, but truly TRUST Him,) it renews our strength.
I have often wondered why this verse lists the actions in the order that it does: FIRST, soaring, THEN running, and THEN walking. I think, maybe, because that is how life happens. We are SOARING, strong, capable, carefree. Then life happens; sorrow, pain, sickness, whatever. We get knocked down a bit, and, instead of soaring, now we are running. But, still, we feel confident and strong; not as much as before, but still there to a great degree. Then comes along something worse; a lost job, a wayward child, maybe even a divorce. But still, God’s strength is with us. Then comes along something even worse; death of a parent, a spouse, a child. Diagnosis of a deadly disease. And we are knocked down more; but still we have His strength; strength to walk, when others wonder how we are still able to go on at all. When, sometimes, we ourselves wonder how we are able to even be standing upright. Still, God gives us strength. Not only to merely walk through the valley, but to come out on the other side….soaring!!
“Dear Lord; Help me remember that your strength is all that I need. To get me through whatever may come my way. And help me to remember that no matter what, you will give me the strength to not only walk, not only run, but to, once again, soar. Amen.”