But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40: 31)
The physics of flight has always caught my attention, whether it is the capacity of powered aircraft to carry endless numbers of passengers and luggage, or the mastery of flight by natural aviators.
One of my favourite pictures is of an Osprey taking a large salmon from the water. The Osprey has its wing feathers and tail feathers outstretched for maximum lift, feathers sprayed at the wing tips to reduce wind drag. The Osprey focused its eyes forward for a clear line of site across the water, flying low for extra lift from the ground effect. They too have an ability to carry weights that look far too heavy.
I wonder whether Osprey enjoy their majesty of flight, or whether it is merely a tool for capturing their next meal.
Christians have already received redemption for their sins, eternal life and a peace that passes all understanding. Christians can be assured in the knowledge that they are children of God. What a marvellous series of gifts with which to navigate through life on this earth.
Of course, we too have work to do. Jesus has asked us to spread the good news of these free gifts to every corner of the earth. This requires concerted focus and activity, yet is a task in which we often feel uncomfortable and inadequate. We perceive the task to be beyond us.
The Osprey will remind us that we possess all the gifts necessary to fulfil our purpose. We are able to speak as a full member of God’s family.
The Osprey will also remind us that we should appreciate and enjoy our gifts. Life with the Holy Spirit in our hearts is majestic and good.
May the grace that you have freely given lift my wings
And flow through me to touch the lives of others.
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.