I’m of the opinion that, if you keep your eyes peeled, you can find a nugget of spiritual encouragement in everything.
Yesterday I was blessed to spend some quality time with my girls. We loaded up bright and early and made the drive over to Pigeon Forge for a day at Dollywood! You know how the old saying goes… “It’s not what you know but who you know”? Well, our oldest daughter, Jillian, is a server at Dixie Stampede. Therefore, the admission into Dollywood for all of us is $24.00!!! Can you say, score?!
We made our way in and turned left toward the coasters. I love a good rollercoaster and Dollywood just happens to have some of the best I’ve had the opportunity to ride. The most anticipated ride of the day was the Wild Eagle. It’s new there this year and worth the trip to experience.
We got in line, which thankfully wasn’t long and made our way to the front seat. Yes, we will wait a few extra minutes for a front seat. As we stood there waiting to ride the ride came through several times for us to see. A big beautiful Bald Eagle that has seats in his wings. What a feeling… We were fixing to mount up on wings like eagles!!!
Recently we’ve been facing some stressful times and a day away was what we needed but this subtle reminder of how the Lord will exalt those who wait upon him made my heart swell.
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. Isaiah 40:31
Just a brief study to clarify what this passage means to the born again. I do not believe that Isaiah was suggesting that anyone just sit back and do nothing while waiting on God to move. I’m of the opinion that the word wait here is referring to service. As I mentioned earlier, Jillian is a server at Dixie Stampede which means she “waits” on people. Every night when she gets home from work, believe me, she needs some rest so that her strength might be renewed.
The rest of the verse, I believe, supports what I’m convinced we’re supposed to take from this. The remainder of the verse consists of actions that would cause us to exert energy; Walking, and running. Think about it… Who gets weary or faints over sitting still?
Our Lord runs to the rescue of those who actively serve. I had a little revival in my spirit yesterday as I soared on the wings of the Wild Eagle.
Keep your eyes opened… God reveals Himself in the unlikeliest of places!