In 1981, in the Capitán Mountains of New
Mexico, a hiking group including myself climbed
to the top of Sunset Peak. It has an elevation
of 9,000 feet. We reached the summit just before
noon on a beautiful cloudless day in January.
The view was spectacular!
Sitting there felt as if you could see the whole
world. Perched atop Sunset Peak, we saw something
so remarkable that I can still see it as clearly
in my mind today as it was on that day. And since
then, I have never seen anything as magnificent.
We watched in awe as four eagles soared below
us with ease! The eagles' elegant moves were an
awesome sight that I will never forget.
Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm
is brewing long before it breaks? When a storm
is eminent, the eagle will fly to a high spot
and wait for the winds to come. This is how they
respond to storms.
When the storm arrives, they set their wings so
that the winds lift them up, high above the storm.
And, as the storm rages below them, the eagle
soars high above it, effortlessly gliding with
What is fascinating is that the eagle does not
escape the storm; the eagle does not suffer through
the storm, or hope to survive. The eagle does
not fly away from the storm. The eagle just simply
uses the winds of the storm to lift itself high
above the storm.
The eagle's response is to rise high above the
storm on the very winds that brought the storm
At times in life we will all face storms. Sometimes
we face small storms and other times we face big
storms. But regardless, the storms of life do
not have to overcome us. We can, if we choose
to, rise above them. An eagle recognizes that
a storm is coming and then responds by rising
Pressures in life do not have to stress us out.
Challenges we face do not have to discourage us.
Set backs do not have to lead us to failure.
It's really not the storms in life that defeat
us. It is how we respond to the storms that will
determine the outcome. Just like the eagle, we
can soar high above the storm.
Some people choose to run from storms. Others
grit their teeth and hope to "weather the storm."
And then, there are those who choose to respond
to the storm by rising above it.
I remember as a small child hearing some pretty
loud thunder followed by some heavy rain. I was
afraid. I wanted to hide. But my mother, who had
lived through many thunderstorms, reassured me
that every thing was going to be alright. And
even though I could still hear the thunder and
rain, I trusted what my mother said. I was no
longer scared. I was soaring above the storm.
God wants your life to be victorious, despite
the pressures. He wants your life to be successful
despite the challenges. He wants your life to
be fulfilled despite the set backs. God is not
in the failure business; He is in the success
So, when the storms of life come, look to Him
for help and direction. Ask Him for guidance.
Believe and trust Him to lift you high above the
There's a verse in the Bible that says "those
who trust in the Lord shall mount up with wings
like the eagles; they shall run and not being
weary; they shall walk and not faint."
We can soar with the eagles!
It's not the storms in life that defeat us. It
is how we respond to the storms that will determine
the outcome. Just like the eagle, we can soar
high above the storm.
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