In prayer, I was telling God, how unbearable it is when certain people hurt, has a wrong intentions, doesn’t respond encouragingly and more than that, will not believe God has something wonderful in store. Sometimes, this strange expectations make you fall deep down and the ache is beyond contain. I, at times, feel someone hammering my heart right at its center, and struggle to breathe again.
Yes, you don’t want to take offense. But when it’s repeatedly coming your way, how do you find strength to pull on without thinking like the disciples, who wanted to call down the fire from heaven and burn down the whole city (Luke 9: 54). If not this, I will be wishing, “God just make me disappear”.
Sometimes confrontations don’t work, gentleness seems to go off board and working out seems to be slavery. For example,
- a boss who nags you at work place even when you have been prompt and well-versed,
- a mother-in-law who will keep finding fault in everything that you do,
- a friend to whom you would pour your heart to only to be stabbed back with insensitivity,
- people that you willingly align with but ditch you on the road they have promised to walk with you;
- a spouse addicted to alcohol; and a wayward child. What do you do in such situations?
In my overwhelming moments, I have burst out, let my anger bring the roof of peace down, burned with rage and bitterness, constantly complained, murdered with words and settled to suicide in ungratefulness. This doesn’t happen always. Statistically, twice a year the whole show-down moment comes by, leaving a hole that drains confidence, strength, trust, love and hope.
“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself” – Exodus 19: 4
He Whispered, “Soar”
In one such moment, as I lay on my bed, I heard the word “Soar”. I started pondering and reading on eagles soaring high. I felt like Him touch the door of my perception and changing it to soar high like never before. God was ministering to my heart and telling me, that every moment which pokes you out of your secure zone is like the mother eagle. I am sure many of you reading this knows what the mother eagle does to her little ones. At a particular stage, she removes the stems of the nest one of by one and it gets shaky. At times, she pokes her little ones out of the nests so that they will fall off and spread their wings. But, before they hit the bottom, she scoops them up again, one by one, very quickly, and places them back into this same shaky nest.
“Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high [in an inaccessible place]? – Job 39:27
The mother eagle can be compared to those very circumstances and people that pokes us off the sureness, comfort, expectations and desires; play with our peace and makes us shout “arghhhh” when we fall. But, God who also, is like the mother eagle, scoops us up and put us back into the same nest until we learn to soar. The eagles don’t learn quickly to fly, the process is long but eventually they will, because the training of the mother eagle never stops.
You cannot be anything less than what you are created to be.
She loves her little ones too much to not let them be what they are originally meant to be. Yes, there is a moment of sudden shock. This very own ones, might boggle you by pushing you off the cliff. But, in the midst of it don’t be a person who pampers self-pity, lets bitterness grow and retaliates ungodly mannerisms. Be like the tiny eagle, which will spread its little wings and flies in whichever manner it can.
Your Wings – The Word of God.
Our wings are the Words of Hope, God’s Words, His love letter. Use it when we are pushed off and shaken up. We might have to keep facing the same lesson, but always remember that’s only to SOAR. An eagle that will not fly will be worse than a chicken. If we view our unjustifiable, unfavorable and wrong circumstances and delays as lessons that will help us soar; spread our wings in worship and learn to fly; then we will rise above the storms. In the midst of the storms, they only glide, because once they rise above it, nothing can bring them down. They glide, as a sign to show that they are resting when it’s raging high. Their peace is unshakable and their security is indescribable.
“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” – Isaiah 40: 31
But Why? Why should I fly?
Let us rise “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2. God took a huge step to purchase each one of us from doom. He went a long way, and to be transformed in His image it takes uncomfortable situations and people to come by our way so that we get a platform to practice flying. When the agony of the cross was intense; when He wanted to give up and show off the His glorious nature; He held on. He absorbed the curse and the verdict of eternal death, only because something gave Him joy in the midst of the Pain – YOU! He kept seeing your face right in front of Him! Every beating and torture, He told himself, “It’s worth it”. He pictured you on His bosom, and the glow of joy on your face, made Him to endure the cross. Finally, He breathes His last and the devil has a laugh. Soon enough, the hell breaks loose, to let you and me go. Our chains broke! He twisted the head of the enemy and told him, “You should have known I would come for Her (him), because I AM His (her) Father”, and crushed his head. Redemption is highly and infinitely valuable. So, child, you are given freedom to learn to fly. He left it all for you, so that you could soar high above the raging storms of this world, and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. You could be free to be His!
In every wrong done, you have freedom to be His.
In every insult, you have the freedom to be His.
In every betrayal and ingenuity, you have the freedom to be His
In every discouragement, you have the freedom to be His.
In bareness, you have the freedom to be His.
And, anytime we choose to be His, we fly, we overcome and we soar above the negative into His glory and forget the spelling of lack, or trouble. He is providence and He is all-sufficient. In His Presence we glide into the best that our minds have not conceived and ears have never heard a whisper of.
“The Lord satisfies your good things, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle” – Psalm 103: 5
Echo of His Voice