"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”
Recently, my husband and I experienced an unusually crazy, non-stop period of time. So, after church one Sunday afternoon, we left our home and went for a motorcycle ride through a rural area. Sitting on the back of the motorcycle was vey relaxing. As we rode, I enjoyed the rolling hills, cows and horses in the pastures and the fresh air blowing in my face. At one point, I looked up and watched two birds …high in the sky…gliding … effortlessly … floating … going higher and higher … soaring. The words of Isaiah came to mind, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (40:31).
At that moment, the birds were soaring. They were not trying to carry sticks to build a nest or food to feed their young. They weren't trying to impress or compare themselves to the bird flying near them. They didn’t have the weight of the world on their feathers. They were soaring - so effortlessly - so beautifully and so freely. I realized that in my multi-tasking mindset, I was trying to do many things in my own strength. Even though they were good things, I wasn't waiting on the Lord, therefore, I definitely wasn’t mounting up on wings as eagles and soaring - I was more like a chicken running in circles flapping my wings in a tailspin crossing things off my to-do-list…. and I was beginning to feel weary and faint. As I watched those birds soar, they were doing exactly what the Lord created them to do. And the very way that His word encourages us to live. When we wait upon the Lord, our strength will be renewed, we will spread our wings and soar like eagles, we will run this race and not grow weary and we will walk through life without giving up. And that, is very refreshing for my soul!
We all will face serious burdens and feel as though we are spiraling downward unable to run or walk. When this happens, Jesus told us to, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29,30). We can cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for us. And we can remember that the Lord likens us to eagles. The eagles are a symbol of courage and strength. They tend to fly higher than any other birds, oftentimes they fly alone. When there is a storm or wind runs into hills or mountains, currents are forced upward and when eagles discover such a current, they just go along for the ride. They don’t force themselves through the current - that would be exhausting and foolish—they fly without expending much energy and they are able to soar higher and higher. The eagle allows the difficulty to take him higher. And that is a beautiful example of allowing our trials to take us higher and higher, straight into His mighty presence!
Next time you are feeling weary and faint, wait upon the Lord- really sit at His feet, meditate on His word, rest in His unconditional love for you, listen to what He wants to share with you and your strength will be renewed and soon you will be soaring.
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day passed.”
I sat watching my week-old granddaughter as she lay in her cushioned bouncy seat. Her eyes were wide open, quietly looking up at the space above her. She was so small, so tiny, so vulnerable. I was struck by her vulnerability, being so small in a big room, in a big house, in a big world. If she didn’t have loving parents, an adoring big brother, a loving grandmother nearby, how would she survive?
Yet that is how we all come into the world; small, vulnerable human beings. By comparison, I was a huge baby when I was born, the largest my mother’s doctor had delivered in his 30-year medical career. My parents tell me that I was a miniature of my father in appearance. Still, I was small and except to my parents and grandparents and the rest of their family and friends, I was insignificant. No newspaper headlines proclaimed my arrival in the world. It wasn’t reported on the local news. It was a grand event for my family who welcomed me with great love, but just a tiny blip in the events of a big world.
Even so, my Heavenly Father, the God who ultimately created me didn’t think me insignificant. The Psalmist David wrote in Psalm 139 that God had already planned out my days even as he was knitting me together in my mother’s womb: “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day passed.” (Ps. 139:16)
All of these thoughts passed through my mind as I watched my new and already greatly loved granddaughter. How any of us survive in a world so big is really miraculous; yet we do survive. We survive and become the parents and grandparents of new small beings. Watching my granddaughter, my thoughts drifted to how big God is and how He looks out for the small things of His creation. I thought of the words of David in Psalm 8:
“LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!...
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Ps. 8:1, 3-9 NIV)
All of us are significant, every single person that has ever been born, because we have a Heavenly Father who says we are.
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.