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THE WAY OF THE EAGLE

Isaiah 40:31

“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 be faint”.

Psalm 103:5

“Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles’”.

Wait in the Hebrew original means “to bind together, tangle, entwine, or tarry expectantly”.

Renew in the Hebrew original means “to change”.

 

An old Eagle’s fathers in the latter years of his life grow old and mottled and eventually begin to fall out. His beak grows dull and his talons blunt. He cannot fly as high as he used to, nor can he tear the prey with his beak or grip the prey with his talons as before. Instinct within an eagle tells him to fly high into the mountains and to find a cave where he can be all alone. There in that cave he will begin scraping his feathers, beak, and talons on a rock until he completely scrapes them away. He also does not eat or drink water, but rather fasts. It is a very painful and homely experience. The eagle simply waits, for he knows through instinct that his feathers, beak, and talons will eventually grow back to normality. When the eagle emerges from his time of waiting and stretches his wings for all the world to see, he looks like a brand-new young eagle. He then mounts up on wings and flies again to the heights he once knew!

 

“WHEN WE CHOOSE TO WAIT UPON THE LORD”

(We are stripping away the weakness of our flesh that weigh us down, just as the eagle strips away his feathers, beak, and talons).

 

 

Food for the soul: Let’s wait on the Lord!

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