"The Eagle has landed!" You may remember these famous words spoken by Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969 when Apollo 11 touched down on the moon for the first time. It was unlike any other day in history as two human beings stepped out of the Eagle into the unknown to do something they had never done before. They had no idea what might happen or if they would be able to launch back into space and reconnect with the base ship still in orbit, yet they took the leap of faith. "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
As we gather ourselves together as a nation following a brutal political season, where do we go from here? Do we dig in and refuse to move forward, or do we embrace the risk while advancing onward, taking a giant leap for mankind? I have remained relatively silent in this tornado of television propaganda, however, following one of the most historical elections of our lifetime, I'm taking a leap myself to share with you something that happened months back before the election occurred. No matter which side you voted for, this story is relevant to our future. It's relevant to our healing.
It all started with an unusual dream. When I awakened from the dream, I quickly realized its significance to our future as a nation, no matter how the election would end.
What was my dream?.
I heard something very loud outside my home so I ran out of the garage to see what it was. At the side of our driveway was a huge bird. The bird was screaming and fighting for its life. It was facing away from me with its head hanging down so low I could not tell what kind of bird it was. It's wings were dark brown so I assumed it was the hawk that lives in our back yard. It was so badly injured it was gasping for air. I felt compelled to run into the house to get a glass of water in hopes it might help. I was afraid of the bird, so I stood back to back behind it, sticking the glass around to its beak as it gulped down the water. Each time it finished the water, I ran back in for more. Every time I returned, I could tell the bird was getting stronger. The last time I offered the bird a drink, it suddenly raised it’ head and screamed. To my surprise, its head was as white as snow. I realized it was the American bald eagle. Suddenly I heard a voice say, “America is gasping for air and living water is the only thing that can save it. If my people will generously pour out living water, America will be revived.”
What does the eagle mean?
After I awoke, hours later I thought of the scripture, Isaiah 40:31,"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." I had always been intrigued by God's choice to use the Eagle in this verse rather than another bird, so I decided to do some research. I wanted to understand why he might have made this choice. What I discovered was eye-opening. When an adult eagle is teaching its young to fly, it will take it to a place that is in direct reference to the sun and line it up before the flying begins. Then it starts to fly in small circles prompting its young to follow. With each small circle, as the eaglet begins to get stronger, the adult eagle begins to lead its young to make larger and larger circles while ascending higher and higher, getting closer and closer to the sun.
How does this apply to us?
We have to line up our lives in direct reference to the Son of God, focusing our eye on him at all times. Prayer is our greatest circle of influence, and it keeps us accountable to God's plans As we grow stronger and stronger in prayer, our circle of influence grows larger and larger and we begin to ascend closer and closer to Jesus in faith and relationship. He renews our strength and we mount up as eagles. We run without growing faint or weary as we follow his lead.
What about the water?
As I pondered the symbolism of water, I was reminded we are in one of the most significant droughts in American history. There are only a few other droughts that out-measure this one. Where's the water? Maybe deliverance and revival are on the horizon and the water is on its way? Deliverance throughout biblical history came through water many times. For example, Moses' mom sent her newborn son down the Nile river in a basket in hopes of saving his life from Pharaoh's order for all baby boys to be killed. Her faith and God's faithfulness delivered him from the water because God had need of him in the future. He grew up to lead God's people out of generations of slavery in Egypt as they followed him through the parted waters of the Red Sea and walked into their freedom and future. Then there's Jonah, called by God to dish out some living water to the people of Nineveh. Instead, he chose to run the other way. As the endangered ship's crew threw him overboard to save themselves, God had Jonah right where he wanted him, in the water where he could deliver him. God sent a great fish to save him and spit him out on the beach, where he went on to give the people of Nineveh the drink of salvation. And then there's Noah, who built a boat in a desert despite the fact it had never rained. When God brought the flood waters, Noah and his family were packed away safe inside the ark. His family was our only hope of a future. Mankind was delivered through their flood. The most significant person of all is Jesus, who came through a virgin. As her water broke, God brought forth the choice of salvation to us. In the Jordan River, at his baptism, a dove descended on him, signifying the beginning of the fulfillment of his call and our liberation from sin.
Is there significance of offering living water to the world around us?
As I think about the dream now that the election is over, I realize our future isn't about our government, it's about its people. I believe this is a season God is longing to restore our nation with the water of life and bring revival to us all. If you and I are going to be a part of the restoration process, we have to start pouring living water. The same living water Jesus offered at the well to a woman who was a loner, a prostitute, a divorcee, a live-in girlfriend, an outcast. We are living in a nation full of this kind of wounded, hurting people. The call to us all is to drink from the well ourselves, and then offer what we have found to everyone we know who is thirsty.
As we stare our future in the face, what gifts do you have to pour?
I only have a book, a blog, and the ability to teach, and I pray daily somehow those gifts give someone a drink of water. What do you have to pour? You have a circle of people who are thirsty and have been placed in your life for you to pour into. If we want to restore our nation and mount up with wings like an Eagle, we have to dig a well of water with our prayers. We can't do it on the backs of government officials. We have to offer our hands in service and do something different from what we've been doing. So I'm asking when and where will you pour out the living water you have to offer to the world around you who is longing for a drink?
Do you want to live in a war-torn castle or a peaceful palace?
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