You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Heb. 10:36)

The bald eagle is our national symbol. They are portrayed on US currency and on the great seal of the United States. My wife and I have seen them as we have visited national parks. They can have wing spans as great as eight feet. When they soar through the skies, they are regal.

But flying for them isn’t as easy as it looks. Ornithologists tell us that eagles have a problem getting themselves launched. One of their secrets to becoming airborne is perching on the edges of high cliffs and waiting for the right air current to come along. When that happens, they let go, leave the earth behind, and gain altitude on the draft.

Just as eagles are borne aloft by waiting for the right air current, Christians wait patiently to catch the will of God and to discern the direction of God’s Spirit for their lives. Knowing God’s will is sometimes difficult because it requires patience. It is natural to want to know all of God’s will at once, but that is not how God usually works. He reveals it to us a step at a time—sometimes requiring a leap of faith from the figurative edge of the cliff. When we have done that, we can let go and soar, relying on God to uphold us.

Direct your thinking to where God’s will wants to take you.

Drexel Rankin is a retired ordained minister who has served full time in Indiana, Alabama, and Kentucky. He and his wife, Patty, currently live in Louisville, Kentucky.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.