On Eagle’s Wings

Isaiah 40 has always been one of my favorite Bible chapters for inspiration and comfort. (Besides being one of my all-time favorite Tenor Solos/Choral pieces of ALL time- “Comfort Ye My People, Messiah.”) I’m pretty sure anyone who has ever been in a church can quote Verse 31:

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.eagle's wings

And I have vivid memories of singing my favorite Catholic hymn as a child, “And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings…”

But as I was sitting at the beach at Ocean Isle Inn last week, I was watching the seagulls— not exactly eagles, but they’ll do.  While eagles (or seagulls if that’s all you have) soar effortlessly above the earth, they are majestic; I think “Wow!  I want to soar like an eagle!”

But then I noticed that the soaring is only one part of the eagle’s flight. As they are taking off, it’s anything but effortless. Those wings flap like mad, until they feel the wind hold them up.  And after a period of effortless soaring, they have to flap the wings God gave them and work for it again.  The “taking off” or the “mid-flight flapping” may call for a verse like Deuteronomy 31:8

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

So flying on eagle’s wings doesn’t mean life will always be effortless, in my opinion.  Sometimes, we’ll have to flap our wings.  But even in those times, Jesus will never leave us, nor forsake us.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue. There is so much more I could say, but I’d rather get you in on the convo!

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

Comments

  1. I think it’s important to remember the “waiting” part. It’s hard, when you get a new idea or thought, to wait for the wind (the Lord) before you start flapping. I’ve started flapping prematurely before, and I did indeed become weary and faint! Sometimes the Wind takes longer to get here than we’d like, but His timing is perfect.

    How’s that for beating a metaphor into the ground, digging it out, and whacking it a few more times? I’m good at that. 😉

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Awesome point, Cindy! I was thinking something similar, too. It’s so important to stay in tune with the wind of the Spirit!

    And I love beating metaphors silly!

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  2. Jen @ One Moms World
    Twitter: onemomsworld
    says:

    No life will not always be effortless as the last couple years, I have worked my tail end off to get where I am at today… BUT you have to spread your wings in order to excel in life. The Good Lord is there to help us spread our wings and he will never let us just fall… we just have to always remember to trust in him.

    Great post Sarah!

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  3. Virginia says:

    Room for more metaphors? I try and remember it’s flying not soaring or fishing not catching!

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  4. The next time I see you in person, I’ll tell you something that a wise woman once told me about this verse. I don’t think typing it in a comment would do it justice. 🙂

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    I would love that Malia! Are you going to BlogHer?

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    Malia Reply:

    Unfortunately, no. 🙁

    Not sure when we’ll see each other again but hopefully I’ll remember to tell you the story when we do!

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  5. Great post. Of course life is not effortless, even when we dwell in the Spirit. But we can find rest in Him, and strength in Him, and when we are in His will He boosts us up. Also, if we are faithful and trusting in Jesus we can have a feeling of contentment and peace even while we are struggling!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    “Also, if we are faithful and trusting in Jesus we can have a feeling of contentment and peace even while we are struggling!”

    YES! That is the key!!

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  6. Hey friend! So I popped over here ’cause I’m linking to you in my next post (you might shoot me ’cause it’s also linking to our “got caught in the rain” pic!!) and I realized you changed your design! IT LOOKS GREAT and I love this picture of you! It’s so…YOU!

    I MISS YA…been thinkin’ lots about you since our trip; hate that I couldn’t hug you goodbye the morning you left…so we’ll have to chat somehow soon.

    In the meantime? This post? I love how you’re looking at familiar scripture yet seeing it with new eyes. Eagles soar, but they do have to put effort into this beautiful sky dance of theirs.

    Great…now I miss you more :).

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    I miss you too, Robin!! I love the “rain” pic! I ain’t too proud to look like a drown rat on the internet! (just kidding, we were still HOT!) I cherish our conversations and can’t wait to hug you again!

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  7. Muthering Heights
    Twitter: MutheringHeight
    says:

    I love your thoughts on this…God never promises that our lives will be easy, but he does promise to see us though.

    Love it!

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  8. Ginger
    Twitter: Here\'s My Cup Lord
    says:

    One of your best posts.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Thank you sweetie!! It was definitely a lesson I needed to hear from the Lord.

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