Faith, God

Hurry Up and Wait

8C342CE0-1422-4359-B66A-35B6C736EA91We had the privilege to stay on Whidbey Island, Washington in the Puget Sound with my sister’s family for quite a few summer vacations. The island is filled with Bald Eagles. Their huge nests are on the top of light poles, and trees, and anywhere up high. We would watch the eagle that nested near the house where we were staying. Every so often the large creature would leave it’s nest. Those massive wings would spread, and that amazing bird would take off in flight cutting through the air with ease and strength. I want to soar like the eagle but many times I fall flat on my face.

When God gives me a promise I cherish it, and cling to it, and wait for Him to act. This is where I struggle. As my wait drags on, I feel as though I’m in a doctor’s office waiting room. It’s uncomfortable. The magazines are outdated, much like the decor. Everyone else’s name gets called but mine. I think, “He’s forgotten me. Doesn’t He see my suffering? When will He act on my behalf? He’s never gonna come,”. Waiting is a painful process for me.

God’s word paints an entirely different picture of waiting on the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 tells us we will soar on eagles wings as we wait. He was talking to those held in Babylonian captivity. Comforting them. Encouraging them with God’s words as they waited for His help. Sometimes I am held captive in my own problems or misery waiting for God’s answer. As I put my hope in the Lord I can soar while I wait.

Bald Eagles have a wing span of approximately 6 to 8 feet. They can fly to heights of 10,000 feet and even higher. When they reach these heights they are soaring, then gliding for a while, then soaring up again. They soar up. I can soar up to the Father while I wait. What a spectacular image. I am not waiting in a bleak place. I am soaring up high on an eagle’s massive wings. I see things differently from up on high. My problems are small as I climb. I no longer look down at my suffering. I look up.

Soaring on eagles wings is a choice as I wait on God. I can stay in the ugly waiting room or I can soar. I choose to soar even when I can’t see anything. Even when the wait goes on, and on. My God is so good and faithful He gives me something extraordinary as I wait.  Soar with me as you wait on God to give you what He promised.

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (NLT). 

Love you all,