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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.

lb-eagleIs 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.



  1. I agree Jason. It is hard to see something made for flight to be grounded. I hate seeing people who were made to be free tied down by chains of the past or unforgiveness or bitterness. As for me, I am eternally grateful for the freedom from legalism God gave me. It was then I began to understand what it meant to soar.
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    • I know what you mean. I keep learning and growing and finding out how to fly. I don’t like any chains, but when it’s all you know, you don’t always recognize them. He has to show us and He is faithful to liberate! Thanks so much, Bill.

  2. This made me remember something Charles Swindoll wrote. I can’t remember the exact phrase, but it was along the lines of: “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you’re living with a bunch of turkeys!”

    • Ha! So true. We can learn some terrible patterns if we aren’t careful. Thanks Dusty.

  3. Eagles are one of my favorite things. I have a series of podcasts on iTunes from when we had a radio show. I still listen to them.

    And yet, I have fought this feeling of being grounded. I was just getting past it and the unexpected death of my sister has grounded me once more. I hope in time to feel God’s wind beneath my wings again. I know we were meant to soar. I hope to some day again.

    • Oh Melinda, so sorry to hear about your sister. That’s devastating. Believing with you for His love and grace to rush into your life in new and refreshing ways. He desires our soaring even more than we do… Thank you and blessings to you, Melinda.

  4. You have quoted one of my favorite scriptures from Isaiah here, Jason. Yes, we were meant to soar on eagle’s wings, not be content to stay on the ground, never daring to see and explore where God is leading us. Thanks for the reminder! (I, too, feel so sorry for Lady Baltimore . . .)
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    • I guess the comfort in her situation is that she was rescued and serves as a reminder to us that we were created for more. God will use everything! Thanks so much, Martha. 🙂

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