A message from The Rev’d Lyn McRostie, Rector of Northwood.

Posted by Admin on Saturday, 22nd January 2011, 00:00

 

“A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in the nest of a backyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the backyard chickens did, thinking he was a backyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird far above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.”

We’re in that dark time of the year when, even though we know the days are getting longer and Spring will soon be with us the waiting seems to be interminable. Sometimes we can find ourselves mentally scratching around with the chickens rather than soaring with the eagles. The prophet Isaiah recognised that sense of gloom; writing to the Jews in captivity in Babylon who were despairing as to when they would be released he said this: “but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40.31)

“To wait on the Lord” means to wait expectantly for help; to trust, to put our hope or confidence in him. “To wait on the Lord” means to retain that confidence even when it’s difficult to see the way ahead and in that period of trusting, to grow in faith.

It’s a promise that was made to our spiritual ancestors who gained their freedom;

it’s a promise which has been verified in the experience of his people in every age.

It’s a promise to which we all can hold which is why I say may you too soar like eagles.

Lyn

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