|Isaiah 40:30-31 – “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.”|
My mother and I were the only passengers on the nature cruise that day. As we traveled down the river, the skies grew dark; a storm was on its way. The ominous weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our guide, who cheerfully pointed out nests, habitats, and the occasional bird or critter on the shore. But he really got excited when he spotted bald eagles soaring overhead.
“When there’s a storm coming,” he told us, “most birds hunker down in their nests to wait it out. But eagles fly straight into it. They spread their wings and let the air currents carry them above the storm.”
I always think of that when I read today’s verse. When confronted with a storm, especially one that feels like it will never end (like the pandemic), it’s tempting to hide under the covers. But if we trust in the Lord we can head straight in, spread our wings and let Him carry us above it all.
Lord, you know that we are tired and weary. We don’t have the strength to face the storms raging around us. Help us to rest on the current of Your love so that we can soar on wings like eagles. Even when things look hopeless, we put our hope in You. Amen.