Mark Batterson, in his book IF, talks about the things that anchor our faith. His thought is that there are anchors, objects that serve to remind us of who we are and who we belong to.
As I have thought about his writing, I have realized that like him, I have anchors, objects that serve to remind me that I am a child of God who is much loved.
One of those objects is the eagle. I have always looked to these majestic birds and marveled at how they soar along in the air. They reflect an image of strength. The first time I encountered one was while I was serving the Big Island Charge. One Sunday morning as I was driving from Big Island down to Coleman Falls between services, he was perched in a tree alongside the river. I drove by slowly, turned around and drove back up the road, slowly, turned around and drove back down, stopping to admire him. He just sat there and didn’t pay any attention to me.
We read in Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary.”
When I look at one of the eagles in my small collection, I remember that promise, and when I remember, I have renewed strength. When I hear the chorus “On Eagles Wings,” I remember that my strength is from God.
How about you? What are your anchors? Are they where you can see them all the time? I keep my collection of eagles on my desk. They are there to inspire me every time I sit down to work. My strength is renewed.
O God we give thanks that we have anchors to remind us of who we are, your children. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!