Wednesday, August 31, 2011
"Those who hope in 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." Isaiah 40:31
Yesterday, eyes heavenward I watch four black crows against clear blue skies - soaring, gliding, enjoying the weightless freedom. They land in high branches for rest beneath a green canopy, hidden from sight.
Eyes close, peace settles - contrasting recent stormy days. Drinking sunshine, my body warms and my mind wanders and wonders, "How would it feel to soar against blue skies?" And I long for sky freedom.
Weary today, I rest. Still longing weightless flight, I invite God's presence. He speaks:
"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 hope in 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." (Isaiah 40:28-31)
I drink His words deep - fill with living water. Spirit-quenched freedom refreshes my soul sends my heart soaring against blue skies. He fills my mind with God-sized dreams. Unlimited possibilities empowered by God strength and God gifts - this is sky freedom. This is heavenly, winged flight.
Are you physically or emotionally weary? Have you lost sight of your God-sized dreams? Even your little dreams? Then climb a high branch, hidden from sight, and in God's presence (his Holy Spirit). Let Him quench your thirst, fill your heart with living water and whisper His dreams for you. Only when He fills us can we pour out to those in need around us; only when He empowers can we find strength to move forward; only when He breathes on us do our dreams take flight.
Lord, may we stop and rest in your presence today. Renew our strength and breathe in us your breath of life. Empower us through your Holy Spirit so we, with you, may accomplish great things for your Kingdom here on earth. Amen.