Waiting for the Lord - Day 21

But those who wait for the LORD’s help find renewed strength;
they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings,
they run without getting weary,
they walk without getting tired.
- Isaiah 40:31 (NET)

So, I’m waiting for the Lord.

For 21 days I have been really trying to raise financial support for SONlight. I have had a few people say they will start supporting SONlight, and a few increase their giving to SONlight, and a few generous one-time donations.

Part of me is excited and thrilled to be doing what I love, and to be growing in passion for what I am doing, but the other part of me is still a bit nervous. I know that I am to be obedient in pursuing what the Lord has called me to, and I know that He is capable of big things. But ultimately things are out of my hands, the battle is God’s.

So, I am trying to be obedient, and I am waiting.

Eagle’s Wings
Praise the Lord for His word. When I am dejected and discouraged, he brings a verse to my heart and mind, and I see something that I have not seen before.

“Those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength” - This was always the part of the verse that I remembered as the key point. The rising up, running, and walking, were just the outcomes of the “renewed strength”.

But, today for the first time, I got something I had not gotten before. The wings are the key... or rather an Eagle’s wings.

An eagle has powerful wings, and in Israel the large Golden Eagle has a wingspan of up to 8 feet.
golden_eagle

But I believe this verse is not alluding to the renewed strength in the power of these wings.

Allow me to first give an account of the flight of an eagle through the observation of a Sir Humphry Davy as recorded in Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary, "I once saw a very interesting sight above the crags of Ben Nevis. Two parent eagles were teaching their offspring, two young birds, the maneuvers of flight. They began by rising from the top of the mountain in the eye of the sun. It was about mid-day, and bright for the climate. They at first made small circles, and the young birds imitated them. They paused on their wings, waiting till they had made their flight, and then took a second and larger gyration, always rising toward the sun, and enlarging their circle of flight so as to make a gradually ascending spiral. The young ones still and slowly followed, apparently flying better as they mounted; and they continued this sublime exercise, always rising till they became mere points in the air, and the young ones were lost, and afterwards their parents, to our aching sight."

Rising Up
Did you notice that the eagle’s were rising up? When large birds like eagles rise up, they do NOT rise up by the power of their own wings. They rise up from the power of the Sun.

These large birds soar by circling around and around in a thermal. A large column of warm air that rises up from the ground, or from wind being deflected upward by a ridge or mountain. The heat of the Sun warms an area of the ground, creating warmer air that rises upwards.

So when Isaiah writes that “they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings” he is not telling us that the Eagle gains strength and flaps it’s wings to get higher in the sky, he is telling us that the strength of the Lord comes under the eagle so that it rises up with its wings outstretched.

When you and I wait on the Lord, when we wait for the Lord’s help, He will be the source of our upward movement. His strength will come under us and push us up. He is not expecting us to flap our wings over and over to arise, but instead to stretch out and let Him move us upwards.

Running and Walking
I wonder if there might be something significant to the three examples of movement: walking, running, and soaring. Probably reading too much into it right now. I may have to dwell on that another time.

Prayer
Pray that the SONlight Board meeting goes well.

Pray for the Lord’s continued provision for SONlight.

Pray that I follow the Lord closely.