But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40: 31
Isaiah 40:31 is set to a lovely tune. It's one of my Sunday Schoolers' favourite songs.
When leading them to sing the other Sunday I tried to explain the song, so the familiar words meant something to them even though they had sung it so many times. As usual, I realised that I myself had taken the words for granted. In the process of explaining I was rediscovering the meaning of the verse myself.
The literal meaning of the verse was deceptively obvious in the simple words.
But what does it mean to me, practically, personally?
When I sing this, I told my Sunday Schoolers, I think of an eagle, soaring in a blue sky...
No clouds. No other birds. Just pure depthless blue that goes on forever. And the big bird on strong, powerful wings, floating effortlessly in the expanse of blue.
Peace. Confidence. Strength. Power. Freedom.
That bird is where he ought to be. He's completely at home. He's at his ultimate potential. He's relaxed and confident and doing what he's best at. Here in the sky, on his wings, he's not afraid, and he's ready for whatever happens.
That is exactly what we experience when we trust God. When we rely on Him and wait on Him, we experience peace and confidence. We have more strength and ability than we could have on our own, because it comes from Him.
Our true freedom lies in total trust, paradoxical as that may sound.
As a bird is free in the air and a fish in the sea,
each in its native element,
so man has his true freedom
in the will of the God Who created him for Himself.
~The New Bible Dictionary; edited by J.D. Douglas
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