As I watched the Bald Eagle fly over me the other afternoon I couldn’t help but notice how smoothly it soared over the glassy reservoir. So unlike the quacking ducks that constantly flapped their awkward wings, the eagle effortlessly glided upward only occasionally moving its wings. Our Creator God definitely designed the eagle with some unique features. A bit of research revealed that the eagle has enormous wings that can reach over 7 feet in diameter, yet in contrast has a rather small heart that becomes weary with constant flapping. Since it takes a tremendous amount of effort for the eagle to flap its wings, to conserve energy young eagles are taught at an early age to soar on the wind thermals or upward current of warm air.
Eagles are experts at picking out the correct wind thermals and may have to remain perched on a cliff or tree for days until the right current flows. Yet their patience will carry them up to great heights. In fact, eagles are the highest flyers of all birds and have been spotted soaring alongside airplanes at high elevations.
All this additional information about eagles gives new meaning to Isaiah 40:31.
But those who hope (wait on) in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles…”
What a great promise! What a difficult promise! I desire to soar but the waiting or hoping is the challenging part. In many ways we are created like the eagle, blessed with gifts, but possessing feeble hearts. When we move in our own power and strength we burn out and eventually crash. Yet, Isaiah reminds us we are called to wait, hope, and trust in the Wind of the Holy Spirit and learn to ride on His thermals to the places the Father is calling us.
How often have we furiously and fervently flapped our wings in order to keep up with a culture consumed by self-will, power, and promotion, only to be left weary and wounded. Jesus, the master of all flyers, displayed to us in the Gospels that He could do nothing apart from the Wind from His Father and He would not start soaring until the Holy Spirit blew in at His baptism (Luke 3:22, 4:1). Ah…the Wind of God is not like the ways of the world.
Jesus knew the Father’s Kingdom could not invade a dark world through the ways of men but only by the Wind of Heaven, as Zechariah prophesied:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit’ says the LORD Almighty. (4:6)
The eagle encounter spoke to my heart about the season of waiting in prayer for the Mighty Wind of the Holy Spirit to flow with Revival power. I believe a day is soon coming when the Wind will be blowing and His church will jump into Heaven’s Thermal and soar, pointing the world to the glory of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen!