“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
It was my first visit home
my first year of university.
I was tired. First year
I sat in church.
Maybe I was comforted by the familiar.
I was comparing it with my fresh, new
experiences of worship in chapel.
Then out of the customary came
words that dropped right into my heart
so true were they for me.
It was the first time words of scripture
leaped their bounden page
arriving in my heart with liveliness and comfort.
I was renewed
like an eagle plunging into deep waters and rising
into strength, stillness
Written in at least three voices over many generations,
the Isaiahs of this first book of the major prophets
are united in a common urging toward hope.
The eagle, commonplace in the land,
is an ancient symbol of protection,
of refuge, the sheltering love of God,
“And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings.”
Isaiah takes the image further.
“But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles.” (The Message)
I returned to university with
wings of my own.