Perseverance. I’ve recently become intrigued by eagles. They're magnificent creatures visually but their character is even more appealing. Eagles have extremely heavy wings — so much so that if a baby eagle flaps their wings too much they can kill themselves.
We are found here more often than we’d like to admit. We exert all our energy and push for things to get off the ground and all we end up doing is weakening ourselves. We want our will so bad that we try to force the hand of God for things to come into the motion. I’ve been here.. Heck — I have to check my heart daily to make sure I don't fall back there.
The reality we face daily is relinquishing our will. Giving up our desire for control and relying on God’s strength. For when we are weak, He is strong.
Eagles seldom flap their wings rather they soar and glide through the wind. They test the winds and choose wisely when they glide and when they flap.
We in turn must react the same. We must decide when to strive for a result and when we should just go along for the ride. We are so focused on the where we are going and we take no time to recognize who is leading us. He loves us and if He loves us He will not lead us where He has not been before. He knows beginning from the end and His plans blow ours out of the water.
Don’t grow weary flapping your wings and trying to make things go your way. Trust who’s leading you. Trust the one who has called you into existence. After all He made you and knows what you’re made for.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.