This past week I spent a lot of time hiking through the rainforest’s of the Pacific Northwest in search of waves. It’s kind of incredible to see elk and eagles on the way to a surf spot, or checking the waves from atop what seemed to be a thousand foot cliff. Surfing in these parts can very much be a wilderness type of experience. On one particular surf check I noticed some eagles flying overhead and it has since stayed with me. Seeing the way these birds effortlessly and gracefully glide through the air in spite of the strong winds is a vivid object lesson of the Scripture in Isaiah that says, “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
That is quite a promise when you think about it. It is quite contrary to our natural way of thinking too. In our natural life if we want to gain strength we have to exercise and workout; we have to do everything but wait. Yet in spiritual life we are being told here that the key to finding strength isn’t to take matters into our own hands and go do it ourselves, but rather to have patience and endurance in waiting for Jesus to fill us with His strength. He promises that those who allow the Lord the time to work in His timing will never be disappointed; and as we wait for Him He fills us with strength to endure. But the strength comes in the waiting.
I believe nature has much to tell us of the greatness of God; it is constantly declaring His works. It’s almost as if you can hear it whisper His name at times, as though it still sings the chorus of His praise.