Thermals of God’s Love
by Alan and Clarice Smith 11 January 2022
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 (NIV)
When Alan was in the Army doing his training in the Brecon Beacons, one day there was a red kite sitting in the upper branches of a tree. Suddenly in one fluid movement he leapt from his perch and soared into the air.
With wings outstretched he began to glide effortlessly spiralling higher and higher.
A thermal was lifting him heavenwards. The wind currents rose upwards, carrying warm air into the higher, cooler reaches of the atmosphere. Rising on this air escalator the kite within seconds had risen almost out of sight.
All the bird needed to do was to locate the thermal and spread its wings, and the thermal did the work of lifting him.
In the same way we do not need to rely on our own strength, but on the thermals of God's love. If we align ourselves with his will and trust him, he will raise us and uphold us to become capable of more than we could ever imagine. And when we become weary, his strength will be more than sufficient to bring us rest and restore us.
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Father, help us to rest on the thermals of your love, trusting you to lead and guide us. May it not be in our own strength, but yours that we seek to do your will. Amen