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“But they that wait upon he Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)
I was a teenager the first time I heard a few words from that verse. It was in the movie “Battleground” released in 1949 starring Van Johnson and James Whitmore, as well as many other big name stars of the time. The American soldiers in the movie were stranded in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and were having a pretty hard time. They were fighting a horrendous battle in freezing weather. Because of the fog and bad weather air cover could not be called in to stop the Germans. The young soldiers were discouraged and frightened. They prayed for good weather but it seemed as if their prayers would not be answered and then, a miracle, the sun broke through. Cheering soldiers emerged from their foxholes and one young man shouted “...they shall mount up with wings of eagles; they shall run and not be weary.” Even though the American line did “bulge” the Germans were unable to break through; thus, the battle became known as the “Battle of the Bulge.” The Battle of the Bulge was considered to be the largest land battle ever fought by the United States Army.
In real live I expect a young soldier such as the one I described didn’t really shout the words of that verse but it did cause me to seek out that scripture in my Bible. Today, I still find myself repeating the words of that verse again and again when I am overwhelmed with problems. I have had my “strength renewed” after having a talk with Jesus; I have been “lifted up with wings like eagles” after I laid my burdens at the feet of Jesus; I found that I could “run” and not be “weary” and I reached the finish line but did not “faint.” I have been comforted by that verse many times during my life.
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