Last Holy Thursday, we were watching a documentary on TV about the bio-diversity in the Philippines. It was a wonderful show: my kids and I learned about the different marine life that live in the beautiful coral reefs, and the various animals, big and small, friendly and scary, that live in the forests and in dark caves.
Towards the end of the program, the Philippine eagle was featured. They focused its piercing eyes, and I couldn’t help uttering under my breath, “The eagle is mentioned in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.”
And when the eagle started to soar to azure skies, I exclaimed, “Soar like the eagle!” And the second time I declared “Soar like the eagle!”, there was a catch in my voice, my eyes welled, and I raised my hands in worship to its Maker. Just then, I had been touched by the gracious Lord.
All that time I was thinking of Isaiah 40:31 where God promised the weak who faithfully and patiently wait for Him that they shall mount up with wings as eagles:
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. (Is. 40:31)
I believe in God’s promises with all my heart. And when He says that the weak who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and soar like the eagle, I believe.
As long as we believe in God’s promises – His words that shall never pass away – we have hope, and we can live in peace, joy and victory, no matter what the enemy does to make life hard for us.
And even though for now, my feet are firmly rooted to the grounded – and I haven’t enough strength to even walk, let alone fly – my spirit soars like the eagle, to heights where the enemy cannot touch me. The winds of grace and peace propel my spirit’s wings to greater heights I haven’t known before.
It is true that the devil doesn’t stop to buffet, but the abundance of peace lifts me up to a place where victory is achieved.
Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth. (Jer. 33:6)
Our peace. It’s one of the things that the Lord Jesus won at the cross. Very precious. It cost Him His life. And I’m ever so grateful to receive it.
…the punishment that brought us peace was on him… (portion of Is. 53:5, NIV)
When He rose up from the dead and showed Himself to His disciples, peace was what He used to greet them and peace was what He gave them.
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. (Luke 24:36)
The peace that the Lord gives is so real that if we have it in our hearts and souls, we are above and beyond the reach of the devil’s fiery darts. These shall not have power over us to make us lose our joy and make our lives miserable.
Today, may our spirits soar to new heights where we can find healing – wholeness. This is the gift we receive from the Lord’s resurrection.
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