But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles
Photo that I took of a Brahminy Kite – Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
On one of my walks along the beach, I stopped to watch a Brahminy Kite gliding on the thermals. It was a beautiful sight, the kite appeared to hang in the air as if suspended by an invisible cord, no flapping or urgency – just going with the air current. I took in the beauty and started to thank YHWH for my ability to see and the blessing of being in that place at that moment. I began to witness His Spirit stirring within me, making me aware of His majesty and reminding me of Isaiah 40:31.
The kite had its wings stretched out, allowing the air beneath its wings to move and lift it into the sky. There was no flapping or resisting, it was just gliding in the air. I realised that this bird was not focused on the currents, but was searching for prey below. I chuckled to myself and thought of how I flap and rush throughout my day, focusing on circumstances and not on goals. The bird trusted the currents and instinctively did what it was designed to do. I started thinking of my own faith. I was designed to serve, designed to worship and designed to walk in faith, to be filled by the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth. There was a connection between the Kite’s ability to glide on the unseen currents without fussing, this bird instinctively trusted its ability to glide through the air and walking with Jesus. When the current dropped it never flapped, just raised its tail feathers a little to catch more updraft – unbelievable. When I feel I am dropping I tend to flap, scurry and panic… Was this a reflection of my trust? Who do I trust more – my plans or the plan of a lovingly-committed Father?
I have blogged about love letters before, well here is a big one! My spirit was starting to get so excited, I realised that I needed to be like this magnificent bird. I needed an undoubting faith in the Father’s hand that holds His children and His Spirit that guides us in His will. I remember asking, “Father, please renew my mind and make me sensitive to the gentle nudge of Your Set-Apart Spirit of Truth.” I didn’t want to flap excessively, but rather put my trust in Him so that I can fly high like the Brahminy Kite. I was so excited I thought that I may forget all that my spirit was experiencing at that given moment. As I walked on I spotted a pebble, picking it up I made out the faint outline of a bird in flight. This reminded me of the kite and I realised that no matter where I was, no matter what I had done or not done – YHWH was almighty and lovingly-committed to His chosen ones.
I had a principal who once told the staff that if we had a problem we were not to do a Goose. He went on to explain that we were not to come into his office, flap around, squawk and make a mess – then leave. We should rather enter calmly, with a potential solution to the problem and discuss the matter with him. This was wise advice that can be applied to our spiritual life. If place our trust in Him, seek His will and guidance, instead of doing a Goose, we will be renewed and soar on the wings of eagles (Isaiah 40:31). Remember that YHWH has a plan for each of us, no matter where we are, no matter what we have done…the Father has so much in store for those who trust Him and seek His will. He wants us to soar and glide in His Spirit. I must add that I have seen Geese soar and fly with minimal effort through the sky, and mean no disrespect to any Goose lovers.
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on Elohim will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” We still need to walk, we will experience down drafts, but we will be in the presence of our Almighty Father, He will cover us in the shadow of His wings, His Spirit will lift us up and place our feet upon the solid rock.