I shared this quote from the poet, Carl Sandburg in last Sunday's sermon:
"There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud."
Even though we are now well underway in this new year of 2020, it is not too late to make a life changing resolution.
Resolve to quit wallowing!
The hippos of Africa love to get comfortably bogged down in the mud or float in the water most of the day. They would rather stuff themselves - eating up to 90 pounds of food a day - rather than be active.
The challenge of scripture is to move from complaining, hopelessness and wallowing. Isaiah even posed God's question to his people:
"Why do you complain?" - Isaiah 40:27
You and I don't have to wallow. God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:29). Instead of wallowing in the rut of whatever you're in, allow the Lord's strength to enable you to soar!
Isaiah 40:31 says:
"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."
Allow your faith, hope and trust in the Lord to cause you to soar above every troubling circumstance and every threatening storm. The higher we soar, the more we gain a proper perspective - a heavenly one; and the things of earth seem to grow dim.
So which will it be in this new year? Wallowing like a hippo or soaring like an eagle? A hope-filled approach that trusts in the Lord will enable you to soar! So, resolve to quit wallowing and instead soar on wings like eagles!