Read Isaiah 40:26-31
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary.
— Isaiah 40:31 (CEB)
During a recent plane trip, we began to experience some strong turbulence. The plane began to shake; my drink almost spilled, and the pilot advised everyone to remain seated with our seat belts securely fastened. I became more and more uncomfortable and worked hard not to be afraid for our safety. Just then, the pilot made another announcement. He said he was flying the plane to a higher altitude in an effort to get above the turbulence where the air was smoother. He succeeded.
As I reflected on what had taken place, I was reminded of how eagles allow the wind to carry them above any storms they encounter. Isaiah 40:31 tells us that when we trust God, we can rise above our troubles and abide with God rather than allowing our troubles to weigh us down and make us anxious and fearful.
Now when I find life’s storms bearing down on me, I make every effort to rely on the Holy Spirit to carry me to God where I can experience God’s protection, provision, and peace.
Frederick L. Stevens, Jr.
Thought for the Day: With God’s help, we can rise above today’s problems.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, thank you for reminding us that we can rise above the troubles and storms in our lives by setting our hearts and minds on you and on heavenly things rather than on earthly things. (See Col. 3:2.) Amen.
Prayer Focus: Airline pilots
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