Bill Flatt wrote in chapter nine of his book, Growing Through Grief, reminding us of a beautiful passage that is worthy of expansion here. Many use the term recovery to describe what we are talking about. Not that we do not live with our loss each and every new day we live, but we are building a “new normal” as some have described our journey. The passage begins by extolling what we all know by our own observation and reading and what we have heard from our fathers. These attributes of Jehovah were recorded to give comfort to the Israel. They would infuse people with confidence that were in need and give strength from leaning on Him who never wearies or tires.
When we are hurting we so often are sapped of strength that we so desperately need, He provides. It is during these times we have no might in ourselves; but in Jehovah we may have strength, and increase. My grace is sufficient for you: for power is perfected in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). In the last verse we have the word ‘wait’. It is a derivative; to wind or twist. The believer is to let the Lord be his lifeline, his cord of escape. They shall ‘mount up’, that is they shall put forth fresh feathers as eagles, to renew their strength. It is thought that eagles moult and renew their feathers and strength in maturity and with them his youth, (Psalm 103:5).
The real test come not when we soar as eagles in the high times of life, but when we struggle in the valleys of everyday life that our true character is revealed. This is when our faith is defined to all around us as well as to ourselves. He will raise us up so that we with our strength renewed (in time) will soar again one day, yet in a life anew from the previous. This is Isaiah 40:28-31. This is the wisdom of obtaining strength from Him through others. A cord is not easily broken. This is Sunrise.