“And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” (Genesis 1:20 NIV) With the fifth day of the creation account, it’s time to turn our attention to the flying and swimming creatures.
How hard is it to fly? Assuming, of course, that you had wings and light-weight bones and all the necessary mechanical parts of a bird, how much effort is required to get airborne? I’ve watched ducks and geese take off with a flurry of flapping wings. And have you ever watched hummingbirds who flap so hard their wings are a blur?
Consider a different bird who makes flight look effortless. The eagle.
“Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?” (Job 39:27 NIV)
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV)
Eagles soar using updrafts and air currents to aid their flight. They ride the thermals up to a great height and then spend most of their flying time gliding rather than flapping. A few flaps of their wings to get into position and then they rest and let the air do the bulk of the work.
There are many days that I grow tired and weary of all I do trying to get to the right place at the right time and pursue my dreams while juggling all my family responsibilities. That’s a lot of flapping! But those who hope in the Lord can soar as they let Him do the work.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NIV)
What about you? Do you find yourself flapping or soaring? Why? Have you experienced the sensation of flight with your feet on the ground?