Read: “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 40:31 (NIV)

Reflect: I remember a wonderful canoeing trip I took about 30 years ago to the Saskatchewan province of Canada where I experienced the pristine beauty of its forests, rivers and lakes. One of my fondest memories is witnessing so many bald eagles soaring in flight. The beauty, grace, and power they held in the sky was breathtaking. They were so majestic.

In nature, when eaglets grow heavier in weight, the nest that originally felt so comfortable becomes uncomfortable because mother eagles line the foundation of their nests with sharp materials, such as wire, wood, and animal bones. It’s nature’s way of nudging them out of the nest in fulfillment of their purpose and destiny as the eagles God designed them to be.

We humans love being comfortable. However, God loves us so much that he does not want us to remain unchanged. It’s in the uncomfortable times that I experience God’s presence the most. He actively moves within me as I step out in faith to do whatever he is calling me to do.

No matter what season of life or trials we’re facing, God can use it all to refine, mature and transform us. His love is so infectious. It creates the ripple effect in revealing his presence to us and through us as we live and stretch our faith in action by trusting him and loving on others. God wants to elevate us. Like the eagles, God wants us to soar as the people he has created us to be.

React: God is calling. Spend some time with him this week asking what your next right step of faith is.

Pray: Father, no matter what we’re facing, thank you for loving us and using everything to help us grow and ultimately bring us closer to you. All glory to you.