When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.
When the storms of life come upon us - and all of us will experience them - we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God.
The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God's power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives. We can soar above the storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.
The reality of life doesn’t usually seem to go as smoothly as this story. It is usually in retrospect that we see how we are enabled to endure. The truth is that we learn to soar as we progress through these storms of life. If we practice trust and patience, then we find the principles of emotional and spiritual flight are valid. Often the wisdom of this lesson comes with age and experience. Hang on, the ride is sometimes rough, but the outcome will eventually pay great dividends.
© 2003, John C. Fitts, III. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume I (2003).