From time to time I have a dream that I am flying. I get a running start and lift off the ground and fly high all around my neighborhood and city. When I panic, I start to dive bomb downward fast. But when I relax, I catch the wind and soar high for hours. The nearest thing I’ve come to flying in real life was when I was a distance runner in high school and college. (Have you ever heard of a runner’s high?) I could run and run and feel like I was one with the universe and could go on forever, never tiring. I felt fast and strong and free.
I still have my flying dreams, but in reality, lately, I’ve been weary, weighed down,and weak. After having a second heart attack recently, I’ve had to pace myself and prioritize my time commitments to fit a reduced schedule and capacity. It’s been frustrating, because I like to feel strong, in control, and productive.
I bet Paul in the Bible didn’t like feeling weak or weary either. He wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that he pleaded with God three times to take away the “thorn in his flesh”. In chapter 12 verse 9 he says, “But the Lord said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul then chooses to delight in his weakness and difficulties for “when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Another great “strength” chapter in the Bible is Isaiah 40, which describes God’s greatness in detail. Amidst much complaining and feeling abandoned by God, the prophet Isaiah speaks to the Israelites boldly in verses 28 – 31. He says,
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those who wait on 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.”
In his book, The Strength I Need, Robert J. Morgan explains that eagles are designed by God for soaring which allows them to travel vast distances on very little energy. He goes on to describe how God created our planet with invisible columns called “thermals” where eagles fly into and catch the updrafts of the wind currents.
Spiritually, God has given His children the means to soar just like eagles. With wings of faith, we can catch God’s updrafts of power through the thermal columns of His promises! God strengthens me as I memorize and meditate on His Word. Key passages of scripture that I have previously memorized have again and again carried me high above my weariness and weaknesses.
You, too, can catch the updrafts of strength by knowing (even memorizing) God’s promises. See you in the sky fellow flyer!