I love Isaiah 40:
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.
I once heard a pastor talk about soaring on eagles wings in a strange way.
According to him, yes you could soar on strong wings like eagles in grand bird-like fashion, but eagles also do something peculiar. They push their little eaglet out of the nest. As it plummets down, if it manages to spread its wings and fly, fantastic. But if it cannot, the eagle swoops underneath and catches the eaglet before it falls to the ground. This is repeated until the eaglet learns to fly.
I haven’t verified this nature story yet, but I kind of don’t want to – I like the idea of it too much.
“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” – Exodus 19:4
Here’s an interesting addition to this post. This has nothing to do with the eagle images, but adds a New Testament echo to the idea of looking to God for strength:
“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 us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews 12:1-3