This article is from the book Wings as Eagles by David Underwood, Windy Acres Ministries.  It is available through our website and is a remarkable 500+ page book of deep spiritual insight.   This message will be divided into two parts for your uplifting and ability to “Use the Winds of Heavens to Soar“.

Wings as Eagles

 He giveth power to the faint;

and to them that have no might

he increaseth strength.

 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall:

But they that wait upon the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings as eagles;

They shall run, and not be weary;

And they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40: 29-31

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

But they that wait upon the Lord…

 Those that are strong enough to hold out;

That will not bend or break under heavy pressure.

“Waiting” denotes a habit of mind

A devout habit that loves to call on God…

A submissive habit that is ready to receive

What God sees fit to send.

An obedient habit that is glad

To do just what God commands.

If we “wait upon the Lord”

“He shall renew our strength.”

For every new occasion, every new trial,

Every new labour. We shall get new power.

If we have failed, God will put us on our feet again.

And just as His Word says,

We’ll “mount up with wings as eagles.”

Research on Eagles

The eagle is built for flight.

His body structure combines

Strength, lightness, and muscular power.

The master specimen

Of bird by the Creator.

The cylinder structure of the bones & feathers

Makes each virtually a balloon,

So that when the wings are spread for flight…

The tendency is upward

And no effort is needed to support the body

Upon the air, which rather buoys it up.

Capable of high flights

Capable of mounting above all other birds

No other being capable of rising to such elevations…

Or being so at home in the upper atmosphere.

In fact, as the air become more rarified

The eagle seems to soar with greater ease

And finds it’s natural to ascend.

 

Built for the Storm

The eagle is built for the storm

He perceives it afar off and is not afraid.

He detects the approach of the storm-cloud…

Not with only his eyes and ears

But with its God given senses…

He scents its approach, lifts up his majestic head,

Looks toward the coming storm

And prepares himself for a gigantic…

Grapple with the forces of nature.

He welcomes the tempest

Before which wild beasts flee

To their dens in terror.

He preens his feathers,

Shakes himself as a tornado

And takes the very front and leads the storm…

Out flying it at its most rapid pace

And, when he will, rising far above it

Into the clear heights of cloudless day…

Where he looks down upon it.

A Solitary Life

The eagle lives a solitary life…

There is no bird so alone.

Other birds go in flocks

The eagle, never.

 If two are seen together…

They’re mates.

Its splendor consists

Partly in its solitariness.

It lives apart because other birds

Cannot live where and as it lives,

And follow where it leads.

 

Trained by Discipline

The eagle is trained by discipline.

The parent eagle trains the young to fly;

And, if need be, the mother pushes the young bird

Off the edge of the cliff…

And lets it fall over into the abyss,

And tumble screaming and screeching,

Apparently doomed to be dashed in pieces.

But the mother bird watching, drops like a plummet,

With incredible rapidity, beneath the young bird

And receives it on her broad maternal wings…

And bears it up to the heights…

Only to drop it again!

(The politically correct would say…talk about child abuse!)

This is repeated over and over again

The mother bird swooping down to arrest its fall

Until finally…

The young eagle takes the wing

And follows the parent on her majestic

First flight.

 

Imparting Strength

The healthy eagle imparts it strength.

When there is a sick eagle

That is drooped and seems ready to die…

Another eagle from the heights

Seeing the feeble bird, will swoop down

And nurture it back to strength…

By fanning it with his great wings.

This is repeatedly done until the sick bird,

Gradually feeling the inspiration of the other’s vitality,

Begins to preen itself and will expand its wings.

And ultimately followed in upward flight.

We seldom get an upward look, aspiration, or ascent

Unless someone from the heights

Sweeps down and touches us!

 

Built for Heights

The eagle is built for heights

It is not content to dwell on earth.

Its life is with wings.

“But they that wait upon the Lord…

shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

they shall run, and not be weary;

and they shall walk, and not faint.”

They who thus wait upon the Lord

Shall obtain an addition to their resources:

They shall obtain wings as eagles.

That is we gain extra-ordinary capacity

We become endowed with power from on high

To rise above our afflictions.

“But ye shall receive power,

after the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,

and in Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the utter-most

part of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

When we obtain wings as eagles

We have the power to rise above

The things that appear to be…

Larger than what they really are.

(Satan will magnify things in the mind)

The life with wings as eagles

Is not the victim of “the spirit of heaviness.”

Mount up!  Seek the things that are above!

Set your mind on the things above!

High soaring

Gives wide seeing.

The higher you get…

The greater the area that comes within your view!

If we judge our height by the measure of our outlook…

We have not gotten very high if we only see ourselves!

 

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