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Saturday, February 27 Read Isaiah 40:25-31

But they that wait upon 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 be faint. Isaiah 40:31

On Eagleís Wings

I find it very interesting that this verse was selected for me. I have an illustration of this text in my guestroom with a majestic eagle soaring in the mountains. The image speaks to me: How can we be afraid when God gives us the strength to fly like an eagle?

Another word stood out to me: Wait. Do we wait for the Lord or do we always try to take care of things by ourselves or worry ourselves as if we are alone? Donít get me wrong. I like to be independent and take care of myself. But it is also easy to feel totally alone when life gets stressful and we constantly hear of death, war and evil throughout the world. We donít want to wait on God.

When I went to look at my wall more closely, I was reminded of the eagles I saw in Alaska. While we sometimes see bald eagles in Kansas, they are much more common in Alaska. Seeing the eagles made me think of my picture and of how God is with us, even a long way from home.

One night, the captain warned we might have a storm with rough waters. On a cruise ship in protected waters near Alaska, I was sure the waters would not be that dangerous. But it was a new experience and caused a bit of uncertainty. I had to bring to mind the eagles that I saw in the daylight soaring over peaceful waters with beautiful mountains in the background.

As we deal with daily uncertainty in our lives, may God help us learn to wait and take on the strength he has promised through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Marsha Meili

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