“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31
Mary DeMuth challenged her readers to ask God to give them a picture for 2012; I liked Mary’s lilac photo—could almost smell them. I thought, “I have many photos of flowers, I’ll choose one of those,” but flowers were not God’s picture for me.
In 2011, God’s picture for me was the Great Wall of China—climbing half-way up the Great Wall was proof that He had miraculously healed me on November 21, 2010 of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Climbing the Great Wall would not have been a possibility or even a thought without the Lord’s healing touch. Proving the healing was God’s vision for me in 2011.
An eagle is God’s picture for me for 2012. This eagle is high on top of a ship, alone, scanning the area for possible food. For 2012, I will be alone with God in prayer and listening for the possible direction that He wants me to take.
This eagle is poised high up in the cold with the wind blowing her feathers; she’s perched on a ship in Alaska, away from the comfort of her home nest, perhaps the mountains behind her. The Lord is taking me away from the comfort of what I know how to do and giving me challenges I’ve never faced, but I am poised to take those challenges.
This eagle is prepared for the next possibility. She has plunged down to grasp her prey many times. The Lord is preparing me for the next possibility through prayer, study, and practice.
This eagle is powerful. She makes her nest high in the mountains, and she soars high in the thin air. She “stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings” Deuteronomy 32:11.
Jesus promises that we “will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 This is my heart’s desire, to be His witness. Is it your heart’s desire?
I pray that you will be “strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light” (1 Colossians 1:11-12).
May the Father of Lights fill 2012 with blessed prayer as you poise to prepare for the power that He holds out to you alone.
Show us what God’s picture is for your 2012.