by Terry J. Hallock

Soaring on Wings like Eagles
Terry J. Hallock
Isaiah 40:25-31
Delivered on Pentecost and Graduates Sunday, May 18, 1997

If you're tired and weary, if you've stumbled and fallen, if you feel God has disregarded your way, focus your heart on these few words from that passage. "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Hymn writer Stuart Hamblen put that verse to music. "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; they shall walk, and not faint. Teach me, Lord, teach me, Lord, to wait." No matter what life has done to you, The Word declares if you'll wait on and hope in the Lord He'll lift you up on the wings of eagles! If you're so tired you can hardly move your body and if your spirit is so empty you can't summon up the most basic emotion, if you'll wait on the Lord He'll fill you up from a never ending well-spring of joy. If you've made so many mistakes you're convinced all your chances have run out and you're simply tired of trying, if you'll hope in the Lord He'll take all that broken past and turn it into a clean new present.

That's the unchanging and unchallenged message of the Gospel, but I've got to tell you the truth. When I sat down to put this message together the last thing I felt like doing was waiting on the Lord. By 3 p.m. Thursday when I began constructing these words, I could easily have cried out like Jacob and Israel that my way was hidden from the Lord and my cause was disregarded by my God. In the space of two hours that Thursday morning the following had occurred:

* The spring on our garage door broke making it impossible to either raise or lower the door, trapping the car inside the garage. Since my wife, Norma was taking our daughter, Gretchen, to school and it was too late to catch the bus, and they were stuck at home.

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