Day 15 of the fast. Yesterday my family and I went to see bald eagles. At the Nature Center we watched an inspirational movie about eagles. Then we got to see the majestic bird, a female bald named Phoenix, and a male golden, Aquila. They were indeed impressive to see--this huge bird with a wing span of 7 and 1/2 feet. With those piercing eyes, and claws and beak that could do some severe damage. Predators that soar high above, swooping down in what looks like an effortless display of power to catch their prey.
Later we went to Springfield Lake and saw a bald eagle sitting in a grassy island. He had just finished a meal. Behind him was swimming another of God's beautiful creations, the swan. We waited and watched the eagle while the swan glided back and forth behind him, dipping his long neck into the water. Then the regal bald took off in flight to settle in a tree.
I was reminded of the encouragement of Isaiah 40:28: "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."
Interestingly, both Phoenix and Aquila had been in need of help to survive. They were both found near death and brought back to life by people willing to care for them 24-7. This is a picture of what God does for us--he takes us from a certain death and brings us to life by salvation in Jesus Christ. He cares for us 24-7. He makes us soar on wings like eagles. He enables us to run and not grow weary, to walk and not be faint!