I love watching birds fly (not while wearing khaki shorts, binoculars, and sandals over knee-high socks…just want that to be clear). I watched a hawk the other day, with his outstretched wings, surfing the wind, and I felt a tinge of envy. I imagined how liberating and serene it must be to just let yourself go to the wind, to soar high and untethered by the burdens on the ground.
Living a life fully abandoned to God produces this same effect upon our souls. Relinquishing those things that weigh us down–our fears, worries, desires, hopes, hurts, insecurities, pride, guilt, etc.–flinging our wings wide open, and letting go to Him. I believe Isaiah must have known this from experience when he wrote, “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 40:31)
If you haven’t done so lately, take the time to watch a bird in flight. Watch the way it completely trusts itself to the wind, and remember that the same freedom is available to us when we completely abandon ourselves to Him.