Uplift

EAGLEThere are all kinds of tired.

  • end-of-the-day-tired when it’s just time to go to bed.
  • over-tired from lack of sleep.
  • dog-tired from over-exertion.
  • worry-tired from the drain of anxiety.
  • routine-tired from the same old, same old.
  • age-tired from not being as young as we used to be.
  • sick-and-tired from being fed up.
  • illness-tired when normal body functioning breaks down.
  • burden-tired from the weight of concern.
  • endurance-tired from the grind over the long haul.
  • heartsick-tired that comes from hope deferred.
  • spiritual-tired caused by discouragement.EAGLE_David

Because there are so many ways we get tired, we are always in need of renewal.

Recently, I was graced with a splendid opportunity for physical, mental and spiritual renewal. I spent a couple of days on Mount Princeton in Colorado—beautiful setting, comfortable lodging, relaxing pace, wonderful community. I could list many EAGLE_Jonathanreasons why that weekend was a renewing experience.

But I believe there was one primary reason God brought me up that mountain.

He wanted to show me the stars.

I haven’t seen stars like that in 30 years. The night sky was blanketed with them. God told me to take a good look at them.

“Look at the night skies:

Who do you think made all this?

Who marches this army of stars out each night,

counts them off, calls each by name

—so magnificent! so powerful!—

and never overlooks a single one?”

Suddenly, any thought that God would ever lose track of the details of my life, or that I could somehow slip through His fingers, was utterly absurd to me.

When I saw His power on display, I reflected on His promise to employ His supernatural might to renew my spiritual strength. EAGLE_Elisabeth

And I recognized that, as often as I get tired, I can draw upon the renewing might of the One who made the stars. As often as my heart fails, and my spirit falls, I can experience the uplift of His power. I can mount up with eagle’s wings, and be carried along on the currents of His Spirit.

As I looked up into the night sky, my spirit soared.

Are you learning to fly?

(Special thanks to guest artists, David, Jonathan, and Elisabeth for their eagle’s wings drawings!)

4 thoughts on “Uplift

  1. I love eagles and, in light of your post, I’m quietly singing (because my husband’s sleeping, otherwise I’d bellow) …

    And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
    Bear you on the breath of dawn,
    Make you to shine like the sun,
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand.

    Thank you. One of my favorites that I haven’t thought about in a while.

  2. This post refreshed my soul, Dave, especially this sentence:” Suddenly, any thought that God would ever lose track of the details of my life, or that I could somehow slip through His fingers, was utterly absurd to me.”

    I love when a lie — that God could lose track of me — becomes an absurdity.

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