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FINISHING WELL

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Run and not grow weary...




Isaiah 40:30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.

FLYING ABOVE

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Isaiah 40:30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.

Soar on wings like eagles…
An eagle has learned to rest his wings on the updraft that will take him higher. From a great height the eagle can see with precision that which it is hunting for. By resting its wings until the last moment, an eagle dives with great speed upon its target.
At the last moment the skilled wings are poised to slow its descent and the hungry bird is satisfied with its prey.

Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 

Waiting on God is likened to a soaring eagle. The wind does most of the work to lift the bird t…

EAGLE VISION AND A GOOD PAIR OF SHOES

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What does a high-flying bird, a marathon runner and a man or woman taking a walk have in common? 


They all have an advantage and perspective that helps them in their journey. They are all moving forward and are getting somewhere. Their exertion is balanced with their self-care.
Eventually a bird will roost, a runner will pace his or her self and a walker will sit on a bench before continuing.
Part of the rhythm of being a Jesus follower involves learning to rest, trust and wait.
Have you noticed that people who are impatient have a hard time finishing well?

Isaiah 40:30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.

Let’s look closer at the advantage that comes from resting, trusting and waiting on God. We see the distinct advantages of an eagle, a runner and a walker.

SLEEPING IN STORMS, WAKING WITH SOLUTIONS

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There are good examples from Jesus of choosing rest over endless activity. Do you remember the story of him sleeping in the boat? After a strenuous, busy day of teaching and serving the crowd, Jesus makes the call for rest. They needed to leave the work in the crowd unfinished and go somewhere else. So, they climb in a boat and head across the lake.

Mark 4:37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Jesus knew the value of resting. He worked hard and he slept solid. They had to wake him up in the middle of a storm…