While driving to work last week, I saw an eagle soaring above Lake Dardanelle, and immediately the Words came to my mind—“they that wait upon the Lord, will renew their strength, they shall rise up with wings as eagles.” As I had been having a day where energy was low, and feeling like I may be dealing with a virus—I thought, ‘sure could use some of Your strength Lord.’
“Well, pay attention to the eagle’s flight.”
Of course, an eagle holds its wings out, relaxes and rises up on the warm thermal winds and soars on high. So should we, in faith, relax in God’s love, and place ourselves where the winds of the Holy Spirit can send us soaring on high. High about worldly thoughts, worrisome attitudes and most importantly, the mental words we speak to our body. “I don’t feel good, my bones ache, I feel depressed, and I don’t like what is going on in my life.” What we speak in belief---becomes. Or, the more we focus on what is wrong, the more ‘wrong’ becomes. That is why we are told to ‘Wait upon the Lord.’
Waiting—trusting and allowing God the time to reveal how He is working in my life in all the little events that come into my life. How even the weariness, the tiredness, the physical small discomfort can be used as a trigger to pray for others in need—if I join Him on the cross instead of resenting the cross of the moment.
Waiting upon the Lord is to serve the Lord too by thinking of others needs, seeing the needs and helping when we can, even if it is that smile or a hand to hold the door open.
The final thought that came that day, was how many times and ways we are always waiting for something to happen, to change, to begin, to pass by, and how much discontent comes into our spirit if our attitude about this process of waiting is one of sourness. The next time you find yourself waiting, rise up on those Holy Spirit thermal airs, and give thanks and praise, pray and soar with wings as eagles.