“But those who wait for the Lord will receive new strength. They will lift up their wings and soar like eagles. They will run and not be weary. They will walk and not become tired” (Isaiah 40:31).
What a blessing to run and not be weary and to walk and not become tired, but so often in our world that does not happen.
Illness, confinement, and other restrictions keep us from running and walking without becoming tired. Difficulties multiply and we wonder, Why? Why does God let those difficulties come into my life? Why does God let me suffer? You might think, If God really loves me, these troubles wouldn’t come!
The passage above uses the illustration of eagles. Eagles might be called the king of birds. They are powerful; they are swift; their eyesight is excellent. They soar, well, like eagles! They build their nests high above the earth in locations safe from predators.
Did you know that when building their huge nests (often 4 to 5 feet in diameter and 2 or more feet deep), after the supporting base is built, eagles place thorns, rocks, and sharp branches in the nest? Next, they overlay the sharp objects with moss, grass, seaweed, sod, and wool, making the nest soft and comfortable. But when the time comes for the offspring to fly, the eagle parents will stir up the nest. Now sharp objects make the nest uncomfortable; the chicks are encouraged to leave the nest, to fly, to learn to soar. Making the nest uncomfortable seems unloving and uncaring, but the action is actually loving!
God may be doing the same with us. Difficulties come, but they may well lead us to soar! We may be led to remember how much we need our Heavenly Father’s love and care. Above all, the forgiveness of sins that is only ours through faith in the Lord Jesus. Sin is our greatest trouble, but now, sin is forgiven by Jesus.
Why does God allow suffering? Maybe, it’s to help us soar like eagles, and ultimately, bring us to a heavenly home for all eternity!
Heavenly Father, help me to see the blessings you provide — even the blessings you provide through suffering. Help me to soar to eternal life in heaven! Amen.