“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” (Isaiah 40:31).
I think God made eagles to show us how to soar over the challenges life gives us. A few years ago my eldest son was struggling ever-so-hard with launching a new business. He worked long hard hours, but it was difficult to get a business going during the recession. I agonized right along with him. As I would pray I often imagined Steve with the attributes of an eagle.
As I studied eagles I learned some outstanding characteristics about this larger-than-life bird. I learned to apply them to Steve and also to myself. Did you know that high-soaring eagles are said to touch the face of God? They are a symbol of bravery, courage, vision, pride, determination, tenacity, and grace.
They love and cherish their young and–with patience–teach them how to fly. The mother will spread her wings with the eaglets perched on top. Then as she flies she gently lowers her wings allowing the young ones to try their wings. Just in time she will swoop underneath to catch them. For the straggler who doesn’t want to fly, she gradually destroys the nest so that the baby has no chance but to fly.
I think those of us with a chronic disease are in a position to learn more quickly these characteristics of an eagle. We have many opportunities to learn to soar, to be tenacious, brave, and courageous all with grace. Sometimes we don’t see this, but gradually if we’re willing to be teachable these characteristics develop often unbeknownst to us.
And my son-he now has a new job where he is soaring like an eagle and using these outstanding characteristics. And my God, He is constantly carrying me on His wings gently lowering them so I can learn whatever new transformation He has in mind for me. Oh, what a wonderful God we have.
Prayer: Dear Lord, You cherish us as a mother eagle cherishes her young. You gently teach us to fly over whatever challenges life offers. Thank you for caring for us so much. We love You. Amen.
About the author
Jackie Smith lives in Knoxville, TN near the beautiful Smoky Mountains. She has Sjogren’s disease and migraine headaches. Jackie had a bilateral mastectomy over 25 years ago. A few years ago she had her colon removed, necessitating a permanent ileostomy. She has her master’s degree in Child and Family Services. Between her and her husband of 35 years they enjoy 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Jackie loves sharing through her writing the rich experiences God has lavished upon her.
Are you aware of the eagle-like characteristics God is bestowing upon you?
I thought it was interesting how the parent eagles eventually get the eagles who are a bit nervous about flying to do so, even dismantling the nest! In this song, “Hide” Joy Williams sings to all of us who have felt we have had to hide ourselves, perhaps hide our illness our hide or face. Maybe you have a secret of abuse in your childhood or even adulthood. Or may you committed a sin that brings great shame. This is a lovely song about how with God’s love we don’t ever have to hide from Him who we are. -Lisa