There is a large tree in back of the parsonage in which a number of birds were hatched this summer. Often times there are young birds that just don’t get the hang of flying. They hop around the yard and get the attention of our dogs. We can keep the dogs at bay while we are in the yard with them, but we are not always present. So we say to those young birds (out loud as though they can understand), “You better learn to fly little fella or your lack of flight will be the death of you!”

            Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:28-31

            Life in our world today can be exhausting and overwhelming. We are bombarded by changes. Our responsibilities remain the same, but the manner in which they are fulfilled is new every morning. Add to this the threat of the virus, protests, riots and the election that looms before us. The prophet calls us to look above the madness and catch a vision of God. A God who never grows weary, whose understanding is unfathomable, and who shares His resources with those in need. Because those who depend on God will be strengthened and rise up on wings of eagles.

            To those of you in my flock, I say, “You better learn to fly little ones or your lack of flight will be the death of you!” Even young people will be wearied and fall exhausted so you better get eagle’s wings and learn to fly. Otherwise, the culture will destroy you with its pace and demands.

            Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 

           So wait on the Lord. Lean on the Lord daily. Draw from God’s resources. Be inspired by worship. Grow in your study. Be renewed in your prayer life. Rest in God’s promises. The lion is on the prowl, so you better learn to fly!