Saturday, June 17th, '17
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youth is renewed like the eagle's" (Psalm 103:5)
Eagles are visionary, aspiring to aerie
heights, yielding to the wind-breath of the mountain sky. The eagle carries a
snake in his/her sharp-taloned grip upward to a couple thousand feet and the
serpent, unable to deal with thin air and the change in air-pressure dies in
the exposure. Snakes can't survive "heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 2:6).
Note also, the Eagle, at a very critical time in older age, has the strange
ritual of flying, alone, to the top of a mountain where it flails and thrashes
its wings against a jagged rock, molting every last old feather from his chest,
head and wings until he stands wounded, bloodied and naked, divested of all he
has known in the past, but ready to catch life's second wind and start
all over again.
The psalmist said that "youth" is renewed "like
the eagle's". The struggle to be teenage again rages in all middle-aged hearts.
That's why she has those tight jeans on, cowboy boots and an extra coat of
makeup, down at the western honky-tonk. That's why he pops three buttons
exposing his gray-haired chest and drives a convertible 'Vette (with a handicap
card hanging from the mirror).
God brings us to that crisis hour for life's
greatest showdown. You're not going crazy. It's just transition time for greater
effective-ness in life. He wants you to get alone, lay the cards on the table,
beat your wings against the Rock. Scream if you have to. Self is being
stripped. Old feathers, old attitudes, doubts and fears are being scraped and
scoured away. The down of new perspective is starting to grow. With the new
feathers comes a new faith. Life is about to become thrilling again; you're
getting your second wind!
All spiritual giants duke it out with
themselves on the mountain crag. Things changed for Abraham when he released
Isaac to God's will "on the mountain". Moses took a mighty turn when he met God
and received the stone tablets "on the mountain". For Jacob it was a wrestling
match with the angel of the Lord, where he got a name change and nature change,
no longer called "Jacob" which means "supplanter", but "Israel"
which means "prince". Pretender became a prince that lonely night, never to be
the same (Genesis 22:24-28).
The plumage will grow back, sleeker, brighter,
better groomed for flight. I can't guarantee the eyes will ever be 20/20 again
but the spiritual vision certainly can be. Not everyone needs a complete
overhaul, just those tempted to nest, rest and rust. Perhaps we can't afford a
facelift but all can afford a faith-lift and that's what a serious talk with
God on the mountaintop accomplishes. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew
their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles..." (Isaiah 40:31) We
were made to soar, not sour; made for the mountain, not the monotone; made to
snatch serpents up in our talons, not peck around leftovers lying out on the