While sitting out with the sheep yesterday morning, there was a Golden Eagle playing on the updraft from the coulee hills. I was tired and wishing I liked coffee and then saw this eagle, thinking, whoa, that'd be a great way to wake up in the morning! (The eagle in the picture here is just off the web, I didn't have a camera to catch the one I saw). Then I wondered, do eagles sleep while soaring? Hehe, I can picture a mamma eagle waking up the kids and them stumbling out of their nest, spreading their wings and letting the updraft catch them while they caught another 40 winks.
We have so many birds of prey here and I love to watch them fly. It all seems so effortless. A person doesn't see them straining and flapping all the time like you do a poor sparrow flying against the wind. We definitely live in Windy Country here, and it really serves the big birds well. If they time the wind just right, they really don't have to do much work at all. (Says I, the human, who has never been an eagle and never flown on my own strength!).
There is a verse in the Bible that says, "They that wait upon 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) I've always liked this verse, but watching the eagle yesterday resting on the wind and soaring made it more real to me. When we can relax, and "wait" on the Lord and let Him be our strength, or like the song says, "the wind beneath our wings", we'll be able to get through our days without the weariness so many of us feel. I don't know about you, but for me, when there is something stressful, if I can relax in the middle of it and trust God for the outcome good or bad, it is much easier to go through. I don't like striving, or flapping my wings, if you will. I am naturally a very laid back person and striving and pushing and worrying wears me out!
I didn't intend to preach a sermon :o), but it's what has been on my mind since yesterday.