Isaiah 40:31 – 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. (NIV)
This morning while I was washing my dishes, I noticed a bird fluttering here and there. She was desperately trying to fit into a small opening in the eave of my neighbour's house where she was building a nest. I continued to watch her unsuccessful attempts to get inside. She had to fly down, and then quickly fly up again to reach inside this small space.
Then I noticed why she was having such difficulties. She had a deformed leg, which looked like the letter 'V'. The top part of her leg went downward, as normal, but the bottom part went upward. This created two serious problems for her to overcome. The first one was that she had only one leg to stand on, and the other was that the bottom part of her leg protruded out. She tried and then rested, and tried again, until, on the fourth attempt, she made it inside.
Her dilemma reminded me of how difficult our lives can sometimes be. Past or present experiences have often left obstacles in our path. These obstacles have hindered us from reaching our goals and dreams — just like this bird, which dreamed of building a nest for her young.
The mother bird faced challenges every day. Where did she get her strength? It was given to her by her Creator. We, too, can overcome our difficulties with courage by relying upon God's marvellous strength. We will know God's infinite love and grace strengthening our hearts as we look with faith upon the beautiful design that He has woven for our lives, no matter what our circumstances.
We know that our lives have value and worth in spite of our human frailties and limitations. We belong here to live life to its fullest. We, too, can be like the mother bird. We can rise above our limitations and soar even though there may be clouds in the sky. This is what our heavenly Father would want for us, because He loves us.
Prayer: We give thanks, God, that we will not grow weary or faint because our hope is in You. You will run and walk with us, and refresh us all along our way. Amen.