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Rising above the storm

When we’re faced with storms in our lives, we often find ourselves vulnerable, weak and in desperate need of rest. As humans, our first instinct in our time of trouble is to take matters into our own hands and devise a plan to pull ourselves out of our circumstance even though we often lack the ability to do so on our own. The moment that we realize our own efforts are futile and we decide to trust Jesus, the Lord empowers us to fly high above the storm just like an eagle.

“But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Unlike all other birds, eagles love storms. The eagle has the unique ability to sense a storm before it approaches and it instinctively flies to a higher altitude above the storm winds. When the sky goes dark and the winds begin to strengthen, the eagle doesn’t cower away or seek shelter. It flies straight into the storm with its massive wings locked and outstretched, using the winds and pressure from the storm to glide effortlessly through the air. As it soars above the storm, the eagle takes a position of rest, rarely needing to flap its wings or exhort any of its own energy. It lets go and rides the winds of the storm.

As Christians, we could learn a powerful lesson from the eagle on how to brace the storms in our own lives. We too can rise above our personal trials by surrendering our problems to Jesus, trusting Him with the outcome and resting in His good and perfect will for our life. When we rely on Him instead of our own strength, God provides us with the power and energy to overcome anything we’re going through and He renews our body, mind and spirit, giving us rest.

Are you in the eye of a storm today and struggling to rise above it? Seek the Lord by spending quiet time alone with Him in prayer, worship and in reading His Word. The promise of His peace is not for those who work and struggle in their own strength but to those who let go and rest in His presence. When we are feeling faint or weary, He will strengthen us and uphold us with His mighty hand. To thrive in the storm, we need only to trust in Him as we wait for the storm to pass.

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