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Wings Like Eagles

“But those who wait on 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 40:31).

Winter seems to have a firm grip in the northern Rockies, making spring appear to be a long way off.  I don’t ever remember looking forward to springtime as much as I do this year.  Waiting, waiting, waiting…  We’ve had some extreme cold and a good amount of snow over the past 4 months, but there have been several weeks of moderation in the mix.  In reality, the winter hasn’t been exceptionally harsh, travel conditions haven’t been overly treacherous, and the snow hasn’t accumulated to unusual depths.  Yet autumn seems like such a distant memory!  Waiting, waiting, waiting…the wait goes on.  The mercury dropped to 20-below zero last night, which isn’t normal for the waning days of February.  Today the sun was bright and as the day warmed into the 20’s (above zero), I made a trip down the Musselshell – hoping to catch a glimpse of some harbinger of spring.  With the mid-day sun high in the sky, the absence of wind and following such a bitter night, I was optimistic that a variety of wildlife would be out and waiting to be photographed.  Alas, I was no further than ten miles from home when the wind started blowing in from the west.  Snow began drifting across the fields and highway.  Even the regulars – the deer, hawks and eagles – that are nearly always in view from the road had sought refuge from the weather in some out-of-sight shelter.  They were waiting, waiting, waiting…  Ninety miles of traveling yielded only one brave photogenic creature.  Seemingly impervious to the howling wind and above the drifting snow, this young Golden Eagle hovered above the chaos on the ground waiting to spot his prey.

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The act of waiting can be a time of anxiety, anticipation or even frustration.  Waiting on a change of season is something relatively predictable in that, give or take a few weeks, we have a pretty good idea when one season will end and the next begin.  Waiting on God is a little different.  His ways are not our ways, and His timeframe may not be the same as ours.  While we are waiting on Him to answer a prayer, direct our path, heal wounds or provide assurance, we often feel these same emotions, when we should be expectant, hopeful and patient.  The Lord uses that time to renew our strength for the coming journey.  We should use that time to get our hearts right so that when the wait is over, we are obedient to His call.  If He is going to strengthen us so that we can run without becoming weary, what does that say for His expectation of us?  Whatever it is that He will call us to do, He expects that we will put forth a full effort – He will give us the power and energy to go the distance for Him.  The Golden Eagle took the opportunity to ride the prevailing wind without exerting much energy himself – saving his strength until he needed to pursue his prey.  So we should prepare ourselves while waiting, waiting, waiting on the Lord.

Still Waiting
Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting!
Till next steps made plain shall be;
To hear, with the inner hearing,
The Voice that will call for me.

Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting!
With hope that need not grow dim;
The Master is pledged to guide me,
And my eyes are unto Him.

Waiting! Expectantly waiting!
Perhaps it may be today
The Master will quickly open
The gate to my future way.

Waiting! Yes, waiting! still waiting!
I know, though I’ve waited long,
That, while He withholds His purpose,
His waiting cannot be wrong.

Waiting! Yes, waiting! still waiting!
The Master will not be late:
He knoweth that I am waiting
For Him to unlatch the gate.
–J. D. Smith

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2 responses

  1. Nice blog! Nice clip! I love eaqles. Though you see them here it is not often, but exciting to catch a glimpse of. Oh Yes…our strength will be renewed as the eagles.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

    • Thanks! Bald and Golden Eagles tend to hang around our part of the world in the spring and fall. It is always a treat to see them!

      April 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

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