Psalms 103: 1-5 – Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Isaiah 40: 27-31 – Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “my way is hidden from the LORD, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

Exodus 19:3-4 – And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘you yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.

Eagles. There’s something about them. They’re mentioned a lot in Scripture, and the Lord seems to speak to me through them at times. Though some would consider them only as predators, He encourages me through them.

They live on the top of the world; probably never get depressed or wallow in insecurity or low self-esteem.

They’ve nothing to dread; no predators, animal or man. In safety they rest at night and wake in the morning with full freedom to be who they are and do what they were created to do.

They’re decisive. They need permission from no one. They trust their instincts. It’s what they’ve been given, plus the design and strength God gave them. In fact, they’re designed physically perfect to accomplish exactly what they were created to accomplish.

Their vision is perfect, wingspan generous, in order to see what’s laid out before them – and from the top of the world, oh what a view they have – and they go after their mission with confidence.

There’s no one to stop them from being and doing what they’re created for, no one to question them. They don’t listen to gossip nor worry about what others think. They’ve no need to figure out who they are and why, nor defend it. They simply go about their being and doing.

Now, of course, being not quite like an eagle, but rather like a – mostly – conscious and rational human, it’s during those other, not-so-mostly times, that He patiently reminds me that I, too, am created by Him with everything I need, inside and out, to accomplish what He would have me to accomplish.

My prayer, Oh Father, is that you would show me, yet again, Your perspective, sharpen my vision and focus my instincts. Instill within me faith and understanding enough to spread the wings You fitted me with, and grant me the courage to catch the currents of Your Holy Spirit that I would, as eagle-like as possible, soar with You upon the heights of the earth. Amen and amen.

Candi Runyon

BYNA Prayer Director

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