Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The Wind Beneath My Wings

Did you ever know that you're my hero...

Now there you go. You'll be singing that in your head the rest of the day. You're welcome!

I'm an enginerd so I think this song is funny. Actually I'm sure a lot of people think this song is funny, but for other reasons. No, I think it is funny because the physics are wrong. Did you know that wind "beneath" your wings drags you down? Don't believe me? Grab a small piece of paper, hold it out right in front of your mouth, and blow over it. It will rise up, not be pushed down. You see, it's the wind over wings that gives lift. The wind beneath your wings actually pulls you down.

There, now you learned something new today.

Seriously, when thinking of the topic of this week's Blog Carnival, Renewal, this passage of Scripture came immediately to mind:

"He gives strength to the weary
 and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
 and young men stumble and fall;
 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." (Isaiah 40:29-31)

I know that's a favorite of many (my wife included). But when was the last time you've actually felt renewed like this? When was the last time you actually ran and not grown weary?

I admit, I'm worn out. I'm tired. I couldn't get out of bed this morning. This is par for the course. These verses are a nice reminder, but I'm just not feeling it. So I read the rest of Isaiah 40. You see the verses above are the conclusion of Isaiah extolling the virtues of who God is. "Do you not know, have you not heard?" This is who God is! That is why you will walk and not be faint.

And we forget this. We beg for the promise neglecting to remind ourselves from whom the promise is given. We rely on our own strength and wonder why we so easily tire. We turn to God in prayer, not to worship and praise him as Isaiah does here but to ask for what we want, what we think we need. It's all about us. Let's make it all about Him. He is the wind beneath, whoops, over our wings.

Today's post is part of the Blog Carnival hosted by Peter Pollock. Today's topic is Renewal. Be sure to check out everyone else's posts on this subject to read a diversity of thoughts, convictions, and opinions.


Ryan Tate said...

Amen. This a great post! Isaiah 40:31 is one of my favorite go-to passages and you're right - we tend to make this passage about us and not Him.

Lisa notes... said...

Let's make it all about him - a great admonition for us all today! It's too easy to sink into thinking it's all about "me."

Thanks for the encouragement.

katdish said...

Since I needed and appreciate the reminder of the words in Isaiah, I'm gonna forgive you for putting that stupid song in my head.

Anonymous said...

i am the hot air under my wings.
God is the mighty wind over my wings.

now...if you want a real good song to stick with in your brain...visit my post today.

A Joyful Noise said...

Yes, wind over my wings is what I desire, to mount up as eagles. We all get tired, and myself included need that renewed vigor that the Holy Spirit gives to those who seek Him.

S. Etole said...

I'm glad I read this tonight ... needing some of that wind.

Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke said...

Yes, let's make it all about Him! Hallelujah! Let's make it all about Him! Thank you so much for sharing! Really UPLIFTING! Blessings!

Fatha Frank said...

Thank you all for your comments. Now if I could only get enough time online to go back and read all of your contributions...

@Nance: "hot air under my wings", ha! I can relate.

@Katdish: Sorry. But I think it was worst for me. Since I spent the time writing it, I actually couldn't get the song out of my head until about lunchtime.

I'm grateful I was able to encourage you all. That encourages me!