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Soaring with Jesus

When I lean into God’s strength, I get to be more than I could ever be on my own.

Soaring with Jesus
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But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Addie brought home a picture of an eagle that he had colored at school yesterday. It had bright blues and greens in the feathers. On it was written the words, “God will help Addison Aughtmon soar like an eagle. He will carry Addison on His wings.” Addison had written his name in a large declarative scrawl.

As I pinned it up on the refrigerator, I couldn’t help blinking back some tears. Because that is my prayer for all my boys. That Jesus will carry them and give them wings to soar. That He will lift them up and keep them safe. That they will know that real living happens when we trust Jesus and He fills them with His goodness and His grace.

I don’t know if Addison took all that in while he was coloring his eagle picture. I don’t know if that Scripture filled him with the sense of joy that it filled me with as I read it. I don’t know if at seven years old you understand all that Jesus has done for you.

I don’t know if you understand all that Jesus has done for you at seventy years old. But each year that I am alive, I realize the truth of this more and more. When I put my hopes in Jesus, things are different. When I trust the One Who calms seas and breathes life into us, it buoys me up. When I lean into His strength, I get to be more than I could ever be on my own. And those are the things that give me wings to fly.

Faith Step: Watch a video of an eagle in flight. Notice how he soars with confidence, finding the best currents of wind. Ask Jesus to help you lean into Him today and draw strength from Him.

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