Soar Like Eagles


I am in the middle of a project at work—planning the 2018 DCS Conference. This conference hosted by the WA Division of Child Support will be attended by about 30% of the WA DCS staff plus some Tribal Child Support staff from across the state. The theme this year is “Think Globally—Tranform Locally”; and unlike other conferences the division has done in the past our challenge this year is to avoid all things technical, practical, and skill focused. Instead, leadership is looking for a conference that will “Inspire, motivate and encourage staff in the important ‘life-transforming’ work they do.”
Now, comparatively, child support will never have the transformative power anywhere in the same universe as the way Jesus and His church transforms lives. But, providing increased financial stability for a single parent home can still transform lives with a very small “t”. Anyway, this planning group that I am on has really challenged me to think about what is inspiring. This led me to a passage of Scripture that has always inspired me.
Issaiah 40:28–31 says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 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.”
When I read this passage, I hear several things that inspire me to continue trying to be the best follow of Jesus I can be. First, “God is never tired, weary, or worn out!” I know how I get when I am worn out, I know how hard it is to be kind, or loving when I am weary—God never struggles with that. That is comforting! Second, “God will give power and might to me!” (Don’t worry I am sure it applies to you too!) When I am worn out, when I think I cannot continue, when I am spent, God will change that. All I have to do is wait on Him, in Hebrew this word “wait” is also translated “hope” and even “look” or “looked for”. That means if I look to God, put my hope in Him, wait expectedly for Him, He will give me the strength I need. And not just strength to keep walking, to keep running this race, but He will give me strength to fly, to soar on eagle’s wings!
Now that is inspiring!

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