Yesterday while driving down one of the back farm roads, I noticed a bald eagle atop a huge tree. It was substantially taller than any other tree around for a few miles. Now, around here in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia it is not unusual to see Bald Eagles, especially this time of year. What struck me with this dear gentleman (or maybe fine lady), was that it was atop this tree in such horrific rains. At that point my windshield wipers were moving quickly and constantly trying to fight their way through the rains, yet this dear bird stood strong, high up, close to the storm. It wasn’t flailing around, or fighting, it was standing still.
Eagles to me hold much that is close to my heart, they are by far my favourite bird. When we first moved to this city in early 2000’s I knew almost no one. I would drive around the community aimlessly some days to try and become familiar with the surroundings so that it might start to feel like home. From where we lived at the time I would often see the Eagles flying around almost as if to be dancing in the updraft coming up the mountain side where we lived. They soon became symbols so to speak, of peace and assurance that God doesn’t stand still, He is always at work. The bible has several references to the eagles, but one is closest to my heart.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for 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 40:28-31
There have been many times I have gone to this particular verse to find comfort for many trying and heartbreaking situations. God knows that we get so tired, faint and weary and that we face fears that at times can consume us. He doesn’t fail or fall, his understanding of what we face and are going through, He and His ways are unsearchable, and endless. He gives power to us when we are weak, afraid and feel hopeless, he gives strength when we have none of our own. So what is our job in this?
.. they that WAIT FOR THE LORD…. Our place… to wait. How though? How do we wait and walk situations that torment our minds with the “what if I would have done this, THIS way and not that”? What if I wouldn’t have been so self focused at this or that time in the lives of our kids? What if I didn’t, or did say this or that better, or not at all? And worst of all…. what if this happens or that happens to the people I love the most?” How can I live with all this in my mind? By standing in the storm, not hidden away under the shadow of fear, but standing high in the tree close and exposed to the storm.
The eagle I saw yesterday could have easily hidden under a branch, or inside of another tree but it chose not to, he got as close to the storm as he could and faced it. Unafraid. Fear didn’t take him down, if I be truthful, fear is my biggest enemy, and the tool that the evil one uses heavily on me. I have written about that before and maybe this is redundant and you will stop reading now. If you do, that is ok, have a wonderful day. If you can identify with me, you will read on because we need each other. We need to know that we are being prayed for, that we have others around us that understand that fear and are willing to walk the hard with us. In that we learn how to walk the hard with someone else, life is never only about us. God wants to restore us in the storms of life and say to us .. it is well. Life is unfair and holds many storms and torments that rip at our hearts, He understands that. He knows we are weary.
In Exodus, God is speaking to Moses and referring to His deliverance of His people from the Egyptians and here is part of what He says:
“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19:4
God himself used the picture of being carried on eagles wings to portray His rescue of them out of the clutches of slavery of the Egyptians. He can, will and does that to free us from the clutches of fear and the storms and slavery we are in. He doesn’t promise it will be easy and we don’t always know the outcome, but we have to trust that there is a plan and that one day we too will be able to stand back and see the times He carries us as if we are on the eagles wings.
Until then, we are to stand close to Him, high in the trees, facing the storms. Through the tears, fears, confusion, anger and ultimately being faint and weary we are to stand still, and wait.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14
May God look in my heart and in yours today and find us waiting on Him in the storms that may be present today, or those that may come tomorrow. We are never alone, even in our tears.
Hugs n Prayers