Never Meant to STAY Grounded
Certainly not as big a deal in the small town we currently live in, but in Juneau, AK, tourism was/is a very big deal.
That means there are lots of cool things to do when you have the chance (which admittedly seems to be rare). One great perk we used to enjoy and take advantage of was Juneau Appreciation Day. Businesses and attractions would offer discounts for locals, and one of those places was the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
If you showed a local ID, you could ride the tram to the top of Mt. Roberts to visit the nature center, take in the sights, and of course, (they hoped) buy something from the gift shop. Once we had made it up, we were confronted with Lady Baltimore again.
She is a rescued eagle who spends her summers on the mountain in order to raise awareness for our local raptor center and the work they do. While incredible to get to see her up close, it’s hard not to have your heart break looking at her.
Is there anything sadder than a majestic creature made to fly being grounded? Her injuries leave her helpless for the wild and living behind bars. She’s taken care of, but missing some of the very things that make her an eagle.
Maybe you feel grounded due to injury or heartache, disappointment or disillusionment. You and I were made to fly as well, and it’s sad that we would embrace a caged existence when unlike Lady Baltimore, we can soar again.
You may have been grounded by legitimately difficult and trying things, but you weren’t meant to live on the ground.
What is impossible with man is possible with God. Respond to His voice today; you can find your wings again.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
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 40:28-31)
Do you currently feel or have you ever felt grounded? What did you do about it?
This is a reworking of a post from 2010.
Whispers and Shouts #37.
…a short burst of inspiration of what God is speaking to me, a prayer, a quote, a song, or whatever else.