Daily Devotional

Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspirational daily devotionals are biblical insights that will enrich,
enlighten, and encourage you in your walk with Christ Jesus.

To New Heights

“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.” —Exodus 19:4 

The soul is like a bird,
shaken from its peaceful roost by the inclement circumstances of life,
where windblown branches
and sudden gusts from darkening horizons
thrust it into weather that is wild and uncertain.
And sometimes, however hard we beat our wings,
we can’t seem to overcome the elements galing against us.
We are thrashed about in the air,
windsheered and weary,
wondering if our cries for help are reaching God.
But then the tempest subsides,
for a while anyway,
and the updrafts of God’s Spirit lift us to new heights,
above the wind, above the rain, above the earth.
And, for a moment,
we soar. 
—Ken Gire 

If there’s anything we need in a stormy trial, it’s perspective. We need to see what birds see. When we catch the updrafts of God’s spirit and are lifted to new heights, trials look extraordinarily different. 

When you soar, as on eagle’s wings, you are gliding above the tempest, above the fray, above the rain and storms. From such heights, you can look down on your trials and actually have God’s perspective. What is tossing you to and fro today? As our verse suggests, let God lift you to new heights, carrying and bringing you to himself.

If I wait on you, Lord, you will renew my strength. You will help me to mount up on eagles’ wings. Carry me, God... and bring me to yourself today.

Gire, Ken. Between Heaven and Earth. HarperCollins, San Francisco, CA, 1997, Introduction Page.

Taken from More Precious Than Silver. © 1998 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permission. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530.