Yesterday, my daughter turned to me and said, ”How can I soar like an Eagle, when I work for a turkey?” She is having a difficult time with her boss and feels that her employer is hindering her career. All she wants to do is move on in her career and not be limited by an earthly-minded, mean employer. Initially there is nothing wrong with eating humble pie and starting at the bottom and working your way up. It’s good for you; it’s character building. Jesus never promised you a walk in the park if you chose to follow Him. In John 17 vs. 33 He say’s: ”These things I have spoken to you that in Me, you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Tribulation comes in all shapes and sizes, even “turkey” like bosses who use and abuse you according to their whims, and taking credit for all your hard work. However, before you end up having a “woe is me” pity party remember, God allows difficult things to happen in your life, because He is more interested in building your character, than in your comfort. Stop giving the adversary credit for problems in your life when actually it is your loving heavenly Father allowing them to happen as He puts you to the test in His refining fire, so that you can emerge: Pure, Holy and Blameless before Him at the end. Endure those tough times with the right attitude just as Joseph did, and before you know it the Lord will elevate you to the position you deserve. You need those refining fires to put iron into your soul; you need to become resilient and tough.
Naturally, as you go through your time of testing, you may not feel too happy about the path that the Lord has chosen for you to walk. However, who say’s you have to walk? The Prophet Isaiah tells us how to rise above life’s trials. In chapter 40 vs. 31 he says “But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for and hope in Him) shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles (mount up to the sun); they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”
Perhaps we should look to the eagle, and it’s wondrous ways to guide us in our lives. Eagles choose to live high up in the mountains, far above all other earthly creatures. They don’t fly, they mount up! Unlike other birds they have tubular bones and as a thermal approaches they lock their wings and ride the thermal to lofty heights. They have two sets of eyelids. One for normal use and the other set for when they soar high into the heavens, so that they can look into the sun, without damaging their eyes.
In Israel where the desert eagle lives, mighty storms blow across the desert, causing roaring winds, accompanied by flashing lightning and rumbling thunder. The winds blow through the canyons and over the mountains causing hot thermals to rush upwards. The eagle then chooses a thermal and leaves his nest and sores above the violence of the storm below. Christian, to remain in your nest when the storm blows, is disastrous. Your only hope is to launch out in faith against all insurmountable obstacles, lock your wings of prayer and praise and let the wind of the Holy Spirit lift you above the storms of life. Let Him keep you there. He not only controls your path of flight in the face of oncoming storms, but He enables you to soar the exalted corridors of heaven and brush your wings against the very face of God.
Remember you are like an Eagle with two sets of eyes, the physical and the spiritual, so keep your eyes on the Son and let His Holy Spirit be your guide and start soaring above your circumstances. Eagles live the high life, while turkeys get eaten for thanks giving.
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