A few days ago, I found myself rehearsing in my mind the logistics of a particular situation, going over it again and again, trying to figure out a plan to get ‘things done’. As I ruminated endlessly on the best path forward, I realized how much I was fretting and not resting in Christ. And this Scripture came to my mind,
Isaiah 40:31 “… 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.”
When I read the chapter in Isaiah and meditated on verse 40:31. my mind slowly got freed from anxiety and fear. Here are a few key lessons I learned:
Eagles soar high above the earth. They can fly at 10-15,000 ft from the surface of the earth and some have been observed to fly even higher. While doing so, they are not unaware of what is happening below but appear unaffected by the pull of gravity. In the same way, when hardships happen, we should lift ourselves to the heavenly realm and come closer to God through Jesus Christ His son. We are not instructed to “empty our mind” so as to be free of worry. Instead, the Scriptures guide us to turn to Him and place our anxious thoughts in His hands, which in turn frees us from their burden. Only then are we truly detaching from the pull of circumstances and their negative impact on our life, and become filled with lasting peace.
Eagles have amazing eyesight. Their eyes are almost as large as human eyes but their eyesights is four to eight times sharper that of a human with 20/20 vision. In fact, eagles can spot a rabbit from more than 3 miles away. According to livescience.com,
“If you swapped your eyes for an eagle’s, you could see an ant crawling on the ground from the roof of a 10-story building… Objects directly in your line of sight would appear magnified, and everything would be brilliantly colored, rendered in an inconceivable array of shades”.
While soaring above, eagles are attentive and fully aware. Similarly, we are not asked to walk around in denial of our circumstances or unaware of the plot of the enemy in our life. By seeing clearly the issues at hand, we can bring them to God’s feet and allow Him to reason with us and intervene on our behalf.
Eagles spend most of their time soaring. This is due to the fact that they have large wings, which means that these require more energy to flap. Eagles are also heavier in weight. As an example, the average weight of a female bald eagle is 10-14 pounds. It makes more sense for eagles to be soaring and gliding rather than flapping (fly with an eagle here). In order to do that, they rely on wind ridges or thermal bubbles to lift them up and keep them in the air. We too should allow the Holy Spirit to lift us up and keep us in a place free of obstruction and turmoil. That place is only found in Him and within.
Psalm 30:1-3 “I will lift You up, O Lord, for You have lifted me up. You have not let those who hate me stand over me in joy. O Lord my God, I cried to You for help and You healed me. O Lord, You have brought me up from the grave. You have kept me alive, so that I will not go down into the deep.”