“But those who wait on 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)
How should one arise? The Prophet Isaiah says that they should mount up with wings like eagles. What is the miracle God is doing then? They shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint.
Yes. Among all the birds God created, the Eagle is the strongest one. It has the terrific strength to stir its wings and rise to fly at great altitudes. It has a strength in its beaks. It has yet another strength in the nails of the leg’s fingers. In whatever high altitude it may be flying, it has the power to descend to the ground in no time. It can fight with even large sized snakes and after defeating them it is capable of carrying them to the sky. Unmindful of the distance, an eagle will carry the hunted prey to its younger ones to feed.
So far, no scientist has succeeded in arriving at the correct length of the life span of an eagle. People say that at a place called ‘Thirukazhukundram’ the eagles come and feed on the food given by a priest there and this is happening there for the past many centuries.
When an eagle feels to be losing its strength or when it feels to be aged it will reach the top of the hill and settle in a narrow split for some time silently. Frequently it will be hitting its wings against the rock and as a result, the feathers will begin to wither and in a matter of ten days, the eagle will be bare without a single feather. Then it will hide in the tiny crack avoiding any other animal or bird to have a look at it at that stage.
In another thirty days, all the fat in its body will be melting and the eagle will begin to get a well-built body. The feathers also will begin to grow. Within forty days it will attain the full strength and again it will become a renewed youth and begin to fly in the high. Those forty days in which it was transformed are the fasting days for the eagle and girds itself with strength.
Before rising and shining in the ministry, Jesus Christ went to the wilderness and stayed there for forty days. In this period he fasted, prayed and girded Himself with divine strength. In the end, He went to Galilee to do the ministry with strength. That strength made him firm in the ministry to the end.
Even in the Old Testament devotees like Moses and Elijah hid within God and waited in the presence of God for forty days. Their youth was renewed like the eagle. Dear children of God, you also fast, pray and wait in the feet of God. Get strengthened by the power of His might. Then you will arise and shine.
To meditate: “Satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:5).