“Come dance in the west-wind and touch over the mountain-tops, sail over the canyons, reach for the heavens and hope for the future and all that we can be and not what we are.”
I wish I wrote those words but John Denver beat me to it in his song the Eagle and the Hawk. Listening to his powerful strum of those six strings vibrating so loudly through my ear-phones bring those words to temporal life. The music is moving in a way where one can not help but be energized and lifted up.
Could you imagine soaring in the west-winds over the mountain-tops taking in vistas that are more breathtaking than a scuba-diver while dusting the ocean’s floor realizes he only has three gusts of earth-filled air left?
I want this. I want to see what the eagle sees. I want to Fly Like an Eagle, sharing the same want Steve Miller makes himself most notably vocal about.
But how? How can I experience this freedom, a flight with so much to see and take in? Natural landscapes have always imprinted my heart with an appreciation for God’s artistic abilities that causes many a person to set up an easel among such a view, spending countless-hours and getting lost in beautiful creations cast throughout this perfectly made round globe we exist on.
I want to soar like an eagle…and I can. I don’t want to miss a beat. I do not want to exhaust and faint on my journey.
We can all soar with the strength of an eagle and reach for the heavens. The Maker of these vast landscapes promises this to us.
The words inscribed in Isaiah 40:31
“But those that wait on The Lord
Shall renew their strength,
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
Ok, so what do I to receive this promise I am excited to breath in and act out ? The answer is in the verse itself. Wait upon The Lord.
Waiting is not something an over-confident fool like myself does well. When I want something, I go after it whole-heartedly causing impatience to breed within me creating an internal-weakness.
Thankfully, during this impatient stage, God leads me with great promise to my favorite verse in the Bible, Isaiah 40:31 where I am reminded to wait on the Lord to receive such a great reward of tireless strength. Being self-reliant often ends in strong men falling as it knowingly says in verse 30. Thank God there will me no more falling for me. I choose to wait and avoid the fall.
Are you waiting for the open-freedom a soaring eagle reflects so eloquently ? Keep waiting. The eagle couldn’t see what it sees from day one. The eagle had to wait for the God-created lift beneath its wings and after waiting it takes in the freedom of sailing high over the canyons with great hope of what lies ahead of him.
The eagle soars high effortlessly for an extended period of time and on a moments notice quickly descending it powerfully scales the waters of a rapidly running stream that flows a strong current and plucks his tasty catch out of the water.
Endurance doesn’t come from a tough-guy attitude. It comes by waiting. Waiting upon The Lord gives us strength to run and not be weary.
Do you want to fly with me flapping wings of great strength? Let’s wait together. Let’s wait patiently upon the One that gives us breath and the lift for all of us to fly high with great endurance.
With renewed stamina I am choosing to wait. Are you willing to wait?