When Storm Winds Come

“They shall mount up with wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40:31

We can learn from an eagle how to face the winds of adversity —- and we all do.  First, expect adversity, don’t act surprised when it comes. Jesus warned us that in this world we would have tribulation.

Standing on the summit of Mount Pisgah, from where Moses first viewed the Promised Land, I got a good lesson from an eagle. From there the vast territory all the way west to the Mediterranean Sea and north to Mount Hermon can be seen. There was a massive storm moving in from the direction of the Sea. As the storm moved our way, I watched a soaring eagle. As the winter storm approached with its chilling rain, the eagle spread its five foot wings and faced into the storm. The winds caught beneath the fixed and locked wings, enabling the bird to rise effortlessly above the storm. There it virtually floated, using the storm as its source of strength. During its ascent through the chilly storm, ice had formed on its wings, but still it sailed and was sustained by the storm. At last, as the storm passed, it rode the wind currents back down to its habitat.

The eagle is designed for flight in the upper atmosphere. They have been seen by pilots above 35,000 feet. They are fashioned to be at home in the upper atmosphere. As the air becomes more rarified it defies most birds to enter it, the eagle becomes more at home. Turbulence causes thermal drafts that give the eagle greater lifting power. It loves turbulence; it works to the eagle’s advantage.

If you soar like an eagle it gives you a larger view, a better perspective of reality.

Man is wise, God is all-wise. Man proposes and God disposes.

Even if you have a four-wheel drive mind, it can get bogged down contemplating the wisdom of God. The thrill of it is, He is willing to share. He makes this offer: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). In modern parlance that is, without making you feel foolish.

Who soars like an eagle? “…those who wait on the Lord…” Isaiah 40:31. Are you ready for a day of waiting on the Lord? If so, go soar.