They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. –Isaiah 40:31.
Eagles have astonishing eyesight. Compared to other birds of prey, their eyes are very large in proportion to their heads. Within those extremely large eyes eagles have extremely large pupils. Within each extremely large pupil, eagles have a retina with a million light-sensitive cells per square millimeter. All this means that an eagle can spot a rabbit from more than two miles away!
Many humans, on the other hand, have pretty bad eyesight. We rely on reading glasses, contacts, bifocals, and even surgery to improve our vision. Never mind spotting something two miles away; you may be struggling to see the words printed on this page!
The Lord has promised to renew the strength of those who wait for him. He has likened this gift of strength to the strength of an eagle:
They shall mount up with wings like eagles–Isaiah 40:31.
The wings of an eagle, however, will do you no good if you have the eyes of a bat. Strength without vision is useless. During Jesus’ earthly ministry, God was plainly present and active in the world. God was right there visibly healing, feeding, comforting, and teaching. Some people witnessed the Lord’s intervention; others saw only an ordinary human being claiming to be something he was not.
Do you see God at work in your life? Ask him to give you eyes to see his influence and provision all around you. Your Lord cares for you in so many ways! He gives you the warmth of the sun, the love of your family, and the daily bread that sustains your life. He is present in the encouragement of your ministry leader. He provides for you through your paycheck or pension. He works through your friends and neighbors, the utility companies in your city, and the government officials in your state and nation.
As God gives you the strength of an eagles’s wings, ask that he also gives you eyes to see him at work on your behalf, even from many miles away.
From the book Man of God walking by faith.