I Believe I Can Fly
From our text we find Isaiah the prophet offering words of encouragement as he addresses the children of Israel who are in captivity in Babylon. In their discouragement and despair he offers them a message of comfort.
Let’s hear his encouraging words again: ‘‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.’’
Let’s consider from these words of Isaiah the eternal rewards that come from waiting upon the Lord.
I. SENSE OF ASSURANCE
You have got to believe that you can be something better than what you are. Often we have a negative outlook when we need a positive one. When you get the picture of an eagle mounting up into the air you get a picture of an assured animal.
The eagle is a symbol used many times in Scripture, in fact, it is mentioned 38 times throughout the Bible. We can learn some important lessons from this majestic creation of God.
Eagles have a wing span of 2 meters and are around 90 cm. tall. The eagle mates for life and use the same nest for life. This nest is built in a safe place, often on the ledge of a sharp cliff. It is built to last and the largest nest reported is 9 ½ feet wide and 20 feet deep.
The eagle can see a rabbit two miles away. It can soar up to two miles above the ground and can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. They have a separate eyelid, which slides across the eye sideways in order to keep the eye clean and free from dust as they fly.
Their bones are hollow and therefore light of frame. Their frame has cross ribs like steel bars in skyscrapers. The eagle has 7000 feathers. The back feathers are as long as the head feathers. Their beak is black until age of 3 years and then turns golden.
When eagles are about 60 years old they go through a renewal process. They find a secret place high in the mountains and begin to claw at their ...
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