“Walk, Run, Fly”

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

I was fishing at the pier at Myrtle Beach State Park last week. No, I don’t tell you that just to make you envious. The fish weren’t biting and it was a bit cool and windy.

Since I had not much else to do, I was watching the birds. Pelicans were doing their thing by diving from high in the air into the water to snag a quick bite of fish – who were obviously not hungry themselves.  Other birds were flying or floating, just enjoying the day.

I watched one seagull heading into the wind for what seemed several minutes. His ground speed was zero. Relative to the pier, he stayed in the same spot for all that time – making no headway whatsoever.

Ay first, I thought to myself, “Well, he isn’t going anywhere.”  Then it dawned on me, at least he was flying. Eventually, he adjusted his wings and took off.

As I’ve pondered that, it occurs to me a lot of life is like that. There are days when it looks to others, and maybe even seems to us, we are making no headway at all. But, we are up, and regardless of what others see, or what we feel, we are doing what we are supposed to do. Sometimes it might take a slight adjustment in our attitude to change our altitude. At other times, we know – and God knows – we are making tremendous headway regardless of how it may look to others.

Some days we can run, and some days we do good just to walk. But, by God’s Hand and His strength, we do what we can.

The journey of life is a long one, and we’ll not always be in the air or be moving fast when we are, or when we’re on the ground. The important thing is to be moving in the direction God has for us. Then we’ll always be going in the right direction.

My prayer this week is for the comfort and assurance of His presence in your journey. Whether you are experiencing the joy of flying high at the moment or seeking strength just to make the next step.


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