Summary: Feeling heavy, tired, defeated? Israel did more than once, but God did not want them to remain that way and it's the same with you. He wants you to fly like an eagle trusting in His mercy and grace. ;

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Isaiah 40:21-40:31

Would you like to fly like an eagle?

Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be, to be able to fly?

I don’t mean as a passenger in a noisy technical contraptions called an aeroplane,

I mean in your body, soaring above the earth;

like a Golden Eagle circling over a Scottish loch;

gliding through the clouds;

breathing in the fresh air of free and effortless flight!

Almost everybody has wondered what it would be like to fly,

and in history or mythology we have the story of Icarus going too near the Sun.

If not at the present, then at least when you were a child you probably thought about it. You’ve probably also dreamed about it.

But then with those kind of dreams,

there is always that rude awakening when we realise that we are still in bed

and still a prisoner of gravity.

And it’s not just gravity that seems to be holding us down, but everything.

For as our mind comes back to Earth

and we think about the things that lie behind and lie ahead,

our shoulders visibly slump as if we were actually carrying something heavy.

The truth is, we ARE carrying something.

Burdens that weigh us down,

burdens that don’t show up on the bathroom scales,

but exist all the same.

Perhaps that’s why adults don’t think about flying as much as children do.

Because we carry a lot of baggage, too much weight to be able to take off.

We are weighed down by the news.

The world is in a bad way and if you listen to the news,

it doesn’t seem as if it’s going to get any better.

And then there are work issues.

For those in our church who have to work for a living,

who knows if the company they work for will be around in a year or so?

Is some new manager going to decide that he could increase his profits or save costs

by sacking them?

And then there are financial issues.

The ‘Credit Crunch’, the price of electricity and gas, and petrol and food,

and Council Tax, etc., etc.

And then there are health issues, relationship and neighbourhood issues

Unless we are shielded from reality by great wealth or privilege

and unless we have no moral conscience or sensitivity about things around us,

all these things weighs us all down.

We worry ABOUT, and FOR the people we love.

We see our parents getting older; perhaps becoming infirm.

We see our children struggling with their studies or getting a job,

or their work or finances or relationships.

There are so many things that weigh us down

So thoughts of being able to fly?

No! Not anymore! Life is way too sad and heavy to imagine such silly things.

And yet, what does the text say?

“....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.”

Through the Holy Spirit, the prophet Isaiah

is suggesting that there is a way to overcome the gravity of our lives,

a way to lighten our loads, a way rise above it all.

Isaiah was writing to the people of Israel during a time

when they felt like their strength was sapped and they had no hope.

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