Dear Church Family:
I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. (Ex. 19:4)
My favorite animal growing up as a kid was the golden eagle. Its wingspan can be up to 7.5 feet wide. These predatory birds also have amazing eyesight. They can track something the size of a rabbit running at three miles away. To the person who sometimes has a hard time finding his keys in the morning, this can be slightly intimidating.
Moses would refer to this fascinating creature to communicate an important spiritual principle to the people of God.
The view from altitude can shape our attitude. A crisis can oftentimes pack our perspective down until we are living in a sardine-can-sized existence. All of a sudden I find I am merely seeing life through the lens of my own struggles. Moses wants us to know that a burst of God’s breath can lift our wings to new heights of experience. A move of His grace will allow our eyes to see wider and farther.
The Israelites at Sinai in Exodus 19 had seen God work in phenomenal ways. Our challenges may be different, but, like them, we can know what it means to rise above our conditions through resources boundlessly greater than our own. Whatever your challenge may be, rise above it through the strength of our Lord.