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One-a-Day...for the Heart: Frequent Flier

Remember wanting to fly when you were a little kid? My sisters and I would safety-pin pillowcases on our backs and jump off the bed to fly. It often didn’t go well because we had hardwood floors. Still, we’d climb back up on the bed and jump again, determined to catch the wind in our “wings” and go airborne. If that didn’t work, the pillowcase became a great Superman cape, and we’d run through the house, capes flapping in the breeze, feeling the power of the elements swirling around us. We were strong. We were invincible. But, we were flat on the ground. Try as we might, we could not rise above our human limitations of having the weak body of a child and fighting the force of gravity.

How often our human limitations or life circumstances dash us to the rocks, in utter weakness and despair. I cannot face this, Lord. I do not have the strength to endure this test, Father. Not another disappointment; I cannot rise above it. The Apostle Paul felt those very things when he was given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, that tormented him and drained him of his strength. He told us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that He (the Lord) said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.

Christ’s supernatural strength takes over when we are weak and defeated. Psalm 18:29 says, In Your strength I can crush an army. Say WHAT?? It goes on to say, with my God I can scale any wall. That’s much more impressive a climb than scrambling back up onto a bed to see if pillowcase wings work on the descent! Scale ANY wall. What are the walls you face that are draining your strength? Sickness? Financial woes? Family issues? Addiction? In Christ, we can scale any wall.

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV). Eagles have very unique characteristics. They see four to five times better than humans, and they have two visual centers of focus, so that they can see what is in front of them and at the side, simultaneously. No other bird flies as high as the eagle at 10,000 feet, and it sees prey up to two miles away.

Those facts are amazing, but to me, the most fascinating thing about the eagle is that it is not afraid of a storm. Unlike all other birds, it does not flee from storms, but rather flies directly into a storm! What courage! What strength! What determination! It mounts up, higher than any other bird, and flies right into trouble. It is confident that its wings will catch the wind current perfectly to carry it through the storm and even above it.

The mighty wind of the Holy Spirit catches us and lifts us above our circumstances and limitations to a place of power and strength. We mount up with wings like eagles, and we are airborne!

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