“…they shall mount up with wings as eagles…” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)
Have you ever heard of the story about the baby eagle who was raised by chickens? No…then listen up. There was this eagle who was tutored and trained to act like a chicken. It was taught how to flap its wings and fly like a chicken, how to cluck like a chicken and scratch the dirt to look for worms like a chicken. This eagle lived as a chicken. One day by revelation, the eagle knew he was a bird of the air and not of the earth. So he soared from his chicken surroundings and stopped acting like a chicken.
In today’s text, God is encouraging the believer to prayerfully wait for strength during times of pressure. “At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size–abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10 MSG). God was renewing and giving them tenacity to endure. Don’t be afraid or chicken-like. Have the stamina to soar like a renewed eagle. Likewise, we must have an eagle mentality and not a chicken mentality. We have the potential to handle the pressure, soar and do great things for God. It is time for us to mount up with wings like an eagle and reach for our dreams and goals. We may lose our chicken-minded friends, but we will rise above their criticisms and critique. We are eagles. Let’s soar!
Prayer: Lord I am rising above mediocrity and soaring to new heights. Thank you for surrounding me with people who want to see me achieve and do awesome things. I’ve been through life chicken lessons, but I am ready to soar. Thank you for the energy and determination to recognize my true place in the world enough to go after it. I am an eagle and I will soar! Amen.
God’s Peace and Good Journey!
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner, a native Philadelphian, is a trailblazing visionary. He is the Senior Pastor of Elim Christian Fellowship of both Buffalo, and Rochester, New York. Bronner founded the churches on November 7, 1999 and November 17, 2002, respectively. Prior to that, he was the pastor of the prestigious Calvary Baptist Church also of Buffalo, New York.