Isaiah 40 has always been one of my favorite Bible chapters for inspiration and comfort. (Besides being one of my all-time favorite Tenor Solos/Choral pieces of ALL time- “Comfort Ye My People, Messiah.”) I’m pretty sure anyone who has ever been in a church can quote Verse 31:

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.eagle's wings

And I have vivid memories of singing my favorite Catholic hymn as a child, “And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings…”

But as I was sitting at the beach at Ocean Isle Inn last week, I was watching the seagulls— not exactly eagles, but they’ll do.  While eagles (or seagulls if that’s all you have) soar effortlessly above the earth, they are majestic; I think “Wow!  I want to soar like an eagle!”

But then I noticed that the soaring is only one part of the eagle’s flight. As they are taking off, it’s anything but effortless. Those wings flap like mad, until they feel the wind hold them up.  And after a period of effortless soaring, they have to flap the wings God gave them and work for it again.  The “taking off” or the “mid-flight flapping” may call for a verse like Deuteronomy 31:8

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

So flying on eagle’s wings doesn’t mean life will always be effortless, in my opinion.  Sometimes, we’ll have to flap our wings.  But even in those times, Jesus will never leave us, nor forsake us.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue. There is so much more I could say, but I’d rather get you in on the convo!