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Soaring With Eagles

In previous times, peddlers would travel by covered wagons and stop in every little town to sell their elixirs that were supposed to cure “whatever ails you”.  Most of those “medications” were high in alcohol content. So, the cure did not come, but the intake of alcohol made the “patient” forget that they were hurting!

Today, we live in a much more sophisticated time (thank goodness!).  Medicine is far more advanced.  Citizens of this period of time are fortunate to have doctors and medications that can heal so many diseases.  And, there are lots of medications to help us with aches, pains, or chronic health issues.  Not every illness has a cure yet, but we have come a long way toward eliminating many diseases that plagued our ancestors.   We may feel “run down” but that is most often a result of temporary fatigue. Fatigue is part of the process of moving forward to the next level of life.   Scripture reminds us in the Old Testament that we can be renewed “spiritually” by our Lord.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord…..29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But, those who 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.  (Isaiah 40:29-31)

God is willing to do “make us new”, but we have to submit to His will and obey Him!

When the Psalmist mentions the renewal of the eagle, he may be referring to the “molting process” in an eagle’s life. As eagles age, their beaks and talons become encrusted with calcium. Thus, neither is as sharp as they once were. When this happens the aging eagle cannot hunt as effectively as he once did. As he ages, he also loses some of his feathers. When this happens it causes his body to “whistle” in the air as he dives toward his prey. This destroys his ability to hunt in silence, thus further reducing his effectiveness as a hunter.

When the eagle enters this period of his life, he will descend from soaring in the heights above and find him a place in the rocks. There, he will pluck out all of his feathers.  He will pound his beak against rocks to break off the calcium on his encrusted beak.  He will even drag and scratch his talons against the rocks until they are reduced to nubs to make sure all of the build- up is gone. At this point, the eagle is absolutely vulnerable and defenseless. Many eagles die during this process because they cannot feed themselves or escape predators. But, during this time a wonderful thing begins to happen to those who survive. 

One day the feathers of the eagle begin to grow back. His beak will also grow back. His talons regrow as long and as sharp as ever before. After a time, the eagle will step out on the rocks, flap his great wings and take to the skies once again in victory!

Are you walking through a time of great loss? Do you stand before your enemy feeling defenseless and vulnerable? God is your defense. He is growing you through this valley in your life to become stronger in Him than you have ever been. Wait on Him. Your spiritual feathers will grow back and your talons will reappear. Stay with the process for He is faithful who has called you. He will finish what He started in your life and ministry! (Philippians 1:4).  (Copied).