Sunday, April 17, 2011

Eagles Wings

On our way to church this morning, I was listening to one of the CDs we have that I have heard a trillion and three times. As one particular song played through, my mind started to wander again --it's been doing that a lot lately. Anyway I have heard this song and sang along with this song countless times, but it really spoke today. Maybe its the things weighing on my heart or maybe it was something I needed to hear or maybe, just maybe God is trying to teach me something. The rest of the ride to church I was so focused on the lyrics of that song. Music is so powerful to me. I don't care so much about what instruments are used, but I am listening to words, the heart of the writer.

I don't know what got me thinking what was so special about eagles, but I was. I know the verse in Isaiah, a very familiar and well quoted verse and so I started there, but in my mind it still didn't answer the question--why eagles? Hey, I am a city girl! Animals, farms, and how many feet chickens have are Greek to me. So I looked further. What I found was very interesting, and it makes complete sense now! You might want to sit down for this ... and don't bother to stop me if you already heard it :)
Eagles are the only birds that love a storm. While all others bird try to flee and hide itself from an approaching storm, eagles will fly into it and use the winds of the storm to rise higher without using its own energy. It is able to do this because God uniquely created in it the ability to lock it's wings in place in the midst of fierce and powerful winds and use those winds to lift higher. While the storm rages below, the eagle soars above. It does not escape the storm, but rather uses the winds of the storm to soar above it! WOW!! What an awesome Creator! The whole eagle thing is so fascinating to me now. It was like God telling me to fly into my storm and lock my 'wings' in Him and without any strength or energy of my own, but all power from Him I am going to rise higher and become stronger and I am going to soar so far above any storm approaching or already thundering, that it all soon will be a distant memory. If this is common knowledge or old news, thats OK- I'm slow. I am the chick that laughs at yesterdays joke tomorrow, because I just got it-- so please don't rain on my parade!
I don't think I will ever look at an eagle now without remembering this very important lesson God showed me. I wanted to start collecting little lambs, because they are so cute and- well, duh- Lamb of God, but now I think I need some eagles!

God gives wings

When the race still lies before me,
And the wind is blowing strong,
When the witnesses surround me,
And my strength is almost gone;
When the valley plunges deeper,
And life shatters all my dreams,
Then I lift my voice to Jesus,
And He gives my spirit wings.

God gives wings, God gives wings as eagles;
God gives wings to fly and strength to rise above.
God gives wings, God gives wings as eagles,
When my feet begin to stumble,
And my dreams begin to crumble,
I mount up on eagles' wings.

Let us run the race with patience,
Let us lay each weight aside,
Looking only unto Jesus;
He will be our faithful Guide.
He has run the race before us;
He has won the victor's crown.
And He calls to ev'ry Christian,
"Follow me to higher ground."

God gives wings, God gives wings as eagles;
God gives wings to fly and strength to rise above.
God gives wings, God gives wings as eagles,
When my feet begin to stumble,
And my dreams begin to crumble,
I mount up on eagles' wings.

1 comment:

Tori said...

Hey Girlfriend!
I'm sitting in the mission apartment as Johnny and the kids are in Lovington, NM at a meeting. My stomach decided it didn't want to go so here I sit along. Actually this is only the second meeting on furlough and deputation I have ever missed. I missed the first one when one of the children were sick back 12 years ago. Oh well.

Okay you so told me something I never heard before. I loved it and it totally spoke to me. What a great study you did and wow, is God ever gonna use this in your life.

Hey I know times can be tough and maybe you guys have some important decisions to make, just know we love you guys and thank God for you and pray for you daily!

Be an eagle Traci, I think that's what God designed you to be!!