cuing the right eagle
Is it just me, or are crows getting bigger and scarier lately?
Just yesterday, I passed by a very large bird on the side of the road, and I thought for sure it was a bald eagle, and its head was just down, so I couldn’t see its white head. I get really excited when I see a bald eagle, for many reasons, one being because I took a bird study class as a Senior in high school because I was failing Econ (I know, I know, not the brightest crayon in the box, but that’s another story….), and I love eagles and big amazing birds. But the obvious reason is because in our family and in our church, we have learned what it means to Cue the Eagle in our lives. So every time we see a bald eagle, we shout to each other (whoever is in the car) “cue the eagle!”
So in this moment of excitement, I was about to shout to Daisy and Clover, but then in my dismay, as I got closer, I realized it was a really big, oversized black crow. As I shuddered, I found myself saying out loud, “be sure to cue the right eagle.”
And it got me thinking about how it can be so easy to strengthen ourselves in other ways besides allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us and strengthen us in our weakness. It’s easy to believe what the world says to “follow your heart” and to look to ourselves or other people or other books to find the strength within to help us. What we need, as my husband has so eloquently preached, is from Isaiah 40:
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
In our weakness, God’s strength is the Only One that’s made perfect. The only eagle we can cue is the Holy Spirit, any other source or person or thing is just a big, yucky black crow in comparison.
Our deepest need and satisfaction can only be met by the God who made us. Our souls deeply thirst for Him, and He is the only remedy for our weary, parched souls as we continue to run this race, to run with horses.
So when our strength fails, when we get really tired and are running out of steam, what do we do? We wait on the Lord. We cry out to Him. We seek Him first. We dive into His Word. We pause in our weariness and let Him refresh our souls.
“Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.” Psalm 31:24