But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
This afternoon I sat on the shore watching my oldest and his friend play in the surf. The winds were quite strong, and the red flags were up indicating a strong risk for rip currents. The boys stayed right on the edge either wrestling with the last breaking wave or gliding along on their skim boards. I love these kinds of days, because I know they won’t be venturing out to areas where I may need to be concerned for their safety, and that gives me a chance to revel in God’s creation around me.
Normally I see ghost crabs clawing through the sand and sandpipers dashing back and forth, but today it was too windy for such small creatures. Instead, I first witnessed a lone pelican flying north up the shore. I assumed it’s long wing-span gave him more strength to battle flying against the wind. Then, just above me, a powerful osprey turned into the wind.
It flapped its wings with all its might, but to no avail. It made no headway. I was immediately reminded of all the times I have tried and tried to make something happen in my own strength, only to find that I’m not getting anywhere.
When it finally realized all the flapping in the world wasn’t going to work, for a brief moment it just stopped fighting the wind. Hmm…this is just like all the times I’ve finally come to the end of myself and for a brief moment have stopped fighting for MY way.
Then the most beautiful thing happened! With his wings open wide, he surrendered and let the wind freely carry him in a direction he never knew he was going to go. Oh friend, don’t you see it’s the same way for you and me! With our arms open wide, surrendering to our loving Jesus, He will carry us to places we never thought we would go!
I will always be so grateful for how you speak to us through your amazing Creation. Praise you, Father!