Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel,“My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but 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. Isaiah 40: 27-31
Have you ever noticed people around you who seem to effortlessly grow wealthy or who excel in their lives in ways that you’ve only dreamt of, and wondered, “How does that happen for them and not for me?” I know I have! If I’m not careful, I can begin to grow envious and even resentful of people who seem to succeed easily. When that happens, all the good things I already have begin to lose their value and my soul sinks into an unhealthy place. All the “good energy” inside me drains out, further disabling me and complicating life.
I was feeling that way one day last week. Envious. Ungrateful. Victimized. So, I decided to go for a walk. Walks tend to open my mind again to the good things in life. It also helps oxygenate my body and stretch my bones back out after sitting at my desk for too long. I also think it gives God a chance to speak to me. I have a friend who says, “Angels talk to those who walk.” Either way, I tend to get over myself and back into a creative mindset when I take even a short 30-minute walk around the neighborhood.
As I walked this particular time, I was pouring out my heart to God about all the things I was feeling and struggling with. At one particular moment, I looked up and saw two large birds floating on an upper air stream far above me. I immediately sensed the Lord say to me, “Float, don’t flap!” I remembered the verses quoted above, only without the obviously rebuking tone in the first few verses. Funny how we never put that part on posters.
I was reminded again that a heart of gratitude is what lifts my spirit to the upper airstreams in God. When I begin to thank Him for my own blessings and take my eyes off of others, I begin to soar with the eagles, floating on the wings of faith, instead of flapping needlessly in the wind.