If you had to be reincarnated into any animal of your choice, which would you choose?
Choosing the well-known Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States would be a very wise choice. The bald eagle is known for its strength, courage, vision, fearlessness, high flying capabilities, large wings for soaring and for never surrendering to the size or strength of its prey. They can spot their prey from two miles away. They will also fight to regain territory and can be gentle, attentive and care fiercely for their young ones.
Eagles can soar above the raging storms and gushing winds with the storm pushing them to soar higher and higher. Although the storms carry the eagles higher to soar, they actually enjoy the turbulence of a severe thunderstorm.
However, for humans, the turbulence isn’t that appealing. When raging storms and gushing winds called “adversity” hit and life begins to happen, we run for shelter and pray for the turbulence to cease. In many cases, we begin to shut down and hinder our process instead of taking the approach of an eagle. We must not be afraid, but just in case you’re still a bit fretful, just in case you’re still not convinced, let’s take a look at the Bible because according to Isaiah 40, verse 31, “But they who wait for 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” (ESV).
There’s a good possibility that we have all faced many storms in our lives or many desperate situations that left us feeling hopeless when we didn’t hear the voice of God or feel His tangible presence during a storm. But, His Word remains and won’t return to Him void. So, even with the rough patches in life, when you wait on Him, He (not you) shall renew your strength. To me, that means although we will go through trials, when the storm passes, we will rise like eagles and soar! The storm can’t last forever, and it was never meant to hurt you. So, hold on because those storms are never for us to lose faith, be hindered in any way, or throw in the towel. The storm is meant to drive you closer to God, your purpose, your spiritual growth, shape your character and drive you to new levels of faith in Christ.
I truly believe the moment you accept the fact that you are going to face heartaches, disappointments, storms and many, many more adversities, the faster you will be able to pick up the broken pieces, and the sooner you’ll begin to soar.
And with that in mind, each passing day should bring you excitement with not just knowing but also believing in the potential of substantial peace that takes you higher and higher until you feel the energy and strength to spread your wings and soar to the highest mountain top!