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…
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
The young eagle takes the wing
And follows the parent on her majestic
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.”
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!
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!