God is really bringing to my attention Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” The Hebrew word “wait” is Quavah. It means to wait, look for hope, expect!
God knows me very well. He knows I dislike the word wait. I have to be honest and tell you that my human nature gets in the way. I am like a spoiled teen-aged girl, eye rolls and all, when I hear or read the word “wait.” When the attitude creeps in I completely dismiss the end promise of this scripture. My mind drifts to Noah who waited 100 years for rain and to Moses who waited 40 years in the desert. I am like Martha and Mary who waited for Jesus to come to heal their brother and when he arrived he was accused of taking too long. Now that I’ve exposed myself to you as being an impatient person I have repented and asked God to help me to be patient. Then I meditated on the rest of the verse where there is a promise in waiting on the Lord.
Scripture says, “we shall rise up with wings as eagles.” Eagles have very large wings, probably the largest of most birds, which allow them to soar with little effort. The strength of these wings allows them to carry very heavy prey. Eagles are a known symbol of power, freedom and courage. The scripture ends with, “we shall run and not be weary.” Try right now running a mile and tell me if you’re tired! “They shall walk and not faint.” God is clearly promising that when we wait, we are resting, and we are building up our strength.
The rest does not last forever. Our vacations do not last forever. We need to go back to whatever jobs or tasks we have. However, after all the lounging around with no schedule, we will be prepared to execute whatever it is that God is calling us to do. Waiting on the Lord is a time to worship and a time to dive into scripture. Time for Prayer and maybe fasting. Time to sit back and do nothing.
When the time comes, and it will, when God calls us to action, we can expect God to bring every resource we need to mount up like eagles do.