"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that
the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends
of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no
searching of his understanding. He giveth power to
the faint; and to them that have no might he
increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be
weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But
they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they
shall walk, and not faint."
While at a friend's house a storm came up. Becky called me to come out and look at the lake. The thick storm clouds made the lake dark, and there were white caps from the boisterous winds. As we were admiring God's power in the wind, we saw a fish eagle trying to fly. The wind was so strong that even this powerful bird was finding it difficult. But he wasn't giving up! We watched on as he spread his wings and flew victoriously.
Some days life can be like that dark storm. Like the wind is pushing us and keeping us from moving forward. It's like the proverbial "two steps forward, one step back." Some days it can seem like we'll never get anywhere. Like it's time to give up and let the wind have it's way.
As I watched this fish eagle struggle against something he could not control, it made me think of the struggles I have in a world that I have no control over. It made me think about the One who does have control.
Most all of us know Isaiah 40:31, but I love the verses that proceed it, too. They remind us of who our God is. It reminds us of His strength and wisdom. PRAISE GOD I don't have to lean on my own ability. He knows the storm I'm in. He knows I am but dust; a weak vessel. He is my strength!