Those who hope in God will soar

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Fly on the high side

By Shirley Jones

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.

Those who hope in the Lord … will soar … like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. Let’s look at each.

Soaring: Birds have three ways of flying; flapping their wings to counteract gravity. This isn’t particularly graceful and it’s a lot of work.

Gliding: where they build up enough speed to coast for a while before gravity kicks in.

Soaring: where they utilize thermal currents and without moving a feather, climb to great heights. Sometimes we soar; we’re carried on the currents of God’s power and he uses us in amazing ways. We’re productive and we experience a strength and wisdom beyond our natural abilities. We all love those times.

Running: Some days you can’t soar, but you can run without growing weary. You may have to flap a little, but with persistence you see results and know that at least you’re still in the race. When you run, never compare yourself with those who are soaring. Don’t try to manufacture spiritual ecstasy; just keep running and your time will come.

Walking: Some days pain, failure and fatigue make it impossible to soar or run, all you can do is walk without fainting and even that’s hard. Today give yourself permission to be where you are. Walking counts with God. When it’s the best you can do – it’s enough. God’s requirements never exceed the grace he provides. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and following him, for sometimes God values walking more than running or soaring.