Rising Above the Storm

As I sat in church today, eyes spilling tears, the storm I have created and that which I have allowed in my life reminded me of one of my favorites stories:
Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.

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 Bible says,

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles." Isaiah 40:31

When I grew up as a Catholic, "On Eagle's Wings" was one of my favorite songs. It says, "He will raise you up on eagles' wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to rise like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hands...". I hope in the Lord and through that I know my strength will be renewed as he lifts me above this storm or carries me through it. Knowing He is with me will not stop the storm nor will it necessarily end because I place my eyes back upon Him, but I know that I will not be alone as I face whatever comes.


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