A Reflection: On Wings Like Eagles

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These last couple of weeks, I’ve been at one of my favorite places in Colorado, reflecting on so many areas of life and enjoying the scenery of the autumn colors in the fresh, mountain air.

It was incredibly refreshing to get away from the noise of city life, and the day-to-day routine. We are living in a strange time, and it’s almost as if you can feel the palpable weight of the burdens, struggles, and stresses of the environment wherever you are.

It reminded me of an experience I had about three years ago, while I was on a solo retreat, doing some writing. Along with spending time working on writing one of my books, it was really some time of rest, of reflection, and of preparing for the season ahead.

I’m not sure what we’re experiencing, or what is to come, but I thought back with fondness and renewed hope when I remembered my experience at a cabin a few years back.

Let me recount that experience here, as I believe it has significant value for what we’re experiencing today. From my first-person experience in 2014:

Over the years, it has been my intention to do this more often, as each time I do, I find such peace, clarity, and focus. In fact, every time I get away (intentionally), there is a moment where I hear His voice, and know that He is leading me with His grace and love. This time was no exception.

I awakened at 8:15 am on Tuesday morning. I had a good night’s rest and woke up ready to engage. I stepped out on the front porch to take in my environment (since I arrived after dark Monday night), and as I did I noticed something unusual, yet very special.
Directly across the river from the cabin, sitting on a tree limb jutting out over the riverbank was a bald eagle! I grabbed my camera and was able to take several pictures of this majestic and symbolic creature.
For me, the eagle represents so many things: freedom, majesty, patriotism, soaring, etc. Today, however, it was as if the Father was speaking to me saying …

“He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might, He increases power. The youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet they that wait on the Lord, will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” – Isaiah 40:29-31

Often times I feel as though I have nothing left in the tank. We go, and go, and go, never considering that we need to be filled up every now and then. We dream, we work, we DO, we perform, we try, and we try again. We mean well, and our hearts are in the right place. That, however, does not negate the fact that in our own strength and power, we will inevitably run out of juice.
Are you weary? Do you feel like you have no power or impetus to continue on? Are you all out of fresh ideas? Do you feel like a failure, and that your efforts have not produced much fruit?
Let me encourage you today.
  • He gives strength to weary.
  • When you feel like you have nothing left, He increases your power.
  • Wait on Him. Serve Him. Continue doing what He has created you to do.
  • In your serving, you will gain NEW strength.
  • You will mount up with wings like the eagle.
  • You will run, and not get tired.
  • You will walk, and not become weary.
As you prepare yourself for a new season, rest in Him. Trust in His goodness. Rely on His strength. Seek His face. Find out what He is doing and do that. Find out what He is saying and say that.
Remember, He who has begun a new work in you, HE is faithful to complete it.