Free to Soar

Feb. 6, 2020

Scripture Readings

In our passage today, we hear God speak with almighty eloquence to Job. Using pointed questions and descriptive pictures from his creative work, he shows his purpose behind each creative act. They were not random activities. The constellation of stars shining in their season, the birthing mountain goats and charging warhorses, all revealing in their creative purpose. 

It was the soaring eagle in verse 27 of chapter 39, which drew me back to a west coast experience in the past and initiated the question: am I fulfilling my God-given purpose?
One day, as I was standing high on a cliff above Deception Pass, my eyes were drawn to motion far below. As I tracked the movement, I discovered it to be an eagle in flight. In wide sweeping circles, it soared upward. Higher and higher it rose, passing in front of us until it disappeared into the cloudless sky above. I stood silently in the beauty of the moment, capturing a visual image, which remains to this day. Was this unusual for the eagle? No, in God’s purpose it was born to soar. 

Can you imagine the exhilaration if man, physically a captive to gravity, could break free from its hold and soar to such heights? Today the wizardry of technology may allow us to physically ride the jet stream in our silver cocoons, but what of our spirits? Do they soar, or are they weighed down by anxiety and uncertainty with the cares of life? Gods’ intention was to provide liberation and freedom of spirit for man, but sin brought tethering bondage and fear. It was the prophet Isaiah who reminded us that we too could soar like an eagle if we would wait on God. “But those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles.” (Isaiah 40:31) Waiting and soaring seem to be opposite activities, but they come with purpose and promise. 

Are there unique situations that you know to God’s purpose for you today? Wait on the Lord with humility and confession of need, and receive from God his promised renewal of strength. This strength — his strength — will lift your spirit and you too, as intended, will soar as an eagle and make your stronghold in the rocky crags. 

Eleanor Fowler

Beloved wife of Gordon, praying mother and grandmother