Finding New Strength

You caught me. I’m still engaged with those eagles! (http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html#) But this time I’m thinking about this verse from Isaiah 40:31:

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.

2016 was a very difficult year for many people. There were certainly some cultural issues, whose effects are still being felt. But there were also personal struggles – illness, financial hardship, heart break, and loss. What I see in this verse is that when we put our trust in God, God will give us new strength. And not just any strength, but strength like eagles soaring in the air.

When you look at the baby eagle in the video, though, you don’t see much that you would want to aspire to. At just days old, the baby barely moves around and is totally dependent on mom and dad. Yet that’s how we all start out in our faith. We don’t yet have wings that will carry us through the hard times – we are just babies. It takes time and perseverance to develop the wings of an eagle. And even after the wings develop, it is still a challenge to learn how to use them.

If you’re going through a tough time right now, I would encourage you to not lose hope. Rely on God to get you through this, and have faith that he will. In saying that, I encourage you to seek the counsel, support, and love of your local faith community and pastor. They will be there for you as you walk through this troubling time. And as you traverse the valley together, you will come out the other side stronger in your faith and feeling more like an eagle whose wings will carry you through your next journey.

If you’re struggling to have hope for the future, take a little time and write down in a journal or even a Word document, how God has blessed you. Make this gratitude list so that you can see the many ways God has been faithful in the past. This will help encourage you for the future. God will never leave you nor forsake you – even if it feels like it sometimes.

Whatever your struggle, I pray that God would bless you and help strengthen you in the days and weeks ahead. If you have a personal situation that you’d like me to pray for, please contact me (kevin@hayschristianchurch.org) and I will pray.

The Eagles – Dare to Share

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been captivated recently by the live video stream of the eagles’ nest in south Florida (http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html#). It is a feed of the nest of two bald eagles and their two eggs. The first egg hatched on the morning of New Year’s Eve. The young baby is so cute! Unfortunately, the experts are saying that there is little hope now that the second egg will hatch.

The life cycle that is on display in this nest is similar to the life cycle of a person of faith. When we come to faith, we are dependent on God’s Spirit filling us and nurturing us, just as the baby eagle is dependent on its parents for care and growth. We are also nurtured by other believers who have come before us; those in Scripture and those around us in the community of faith.

Prior to coming to faith, however, we are like the baby still in the egg. We may sense things around us, but we are unaware of the spiritual realities that are in play. Until someone comes along to shepherd us and point us to Christ, we remain in the egg. Ultimately it each one of us who will have to make the choice to break free from the darkness, but we do so because someone cared enough about us to tell us about Jesus.

Who in your life do you know who is still living in darkness? Who do you need to share the truth of God’s gift of salvation with? Let us not waste a single minute when it comes to sharing the Good News of the Gospel! Then let us commit to nurturing new believers so that they may grow deep roots in the faith.

Make 2017 the year that you dare to share your faith with those you love, so that they may be set free into the light and love of Jesus!