I’ve been meditating on and memorizing Isaiah 40:28–31 over the last few weeks. Here’s the passage. I’m sure it’s familiar to most of you.
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. 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. (Emphasis added.)
I want to share with you what “mount up with wings as eagles” means to me.
It means that, with God’s help, you can soar above your troubles. It means that you can be carried aloft by a sacred wind—which is often something you feel more than you see. It means that you’ve got to set the wings God’s given you at a certain angle to catch the wind He sends your way.
It means you can look down from the heights where those sacred winds carry you and have a new and better perspective on what is going on down on earth. It means that God has given you strength, power, and ability beyond your natural limits. It means that when God sets you free, you are truly free.
I dedicate this post to my brother Mark Stephen Fitzgerald (1955–2012) whose birthday is today.