This morning, I spent time reflecting on Isaiah 40. I love thinking about how eagles soar— instead of frantically flapping their wings–because they know how to tap into an unseen power force: the thermals. They find columns of rising hot air and they soar! The eagle shows me how I’m to live today: dependent, God-focused, and relaxed. I allow the Holy Spirit to lift me up and help me soar today.
In Isaiah 40, I also see how God explains Himself in light of the complaints of the people. We’re tempted to think God has forgotten us or isn’t interested in our problems. But hear this:
Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
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.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
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.
As I continue learning about weakness, I also note how God, when offered our weakness, gives us strength, power, and renewed energy. And I remember what it means to soar; soaring indicates rising high up, flying without any power at all other than God’s. Let’s soar!