Monday, November 20, 2006

thoughts from Mrs. Charles E. Cowan

painting by Roberta Wesley

"They shall mount up with wings as eagles." (Isaiah 40:31)

Those who wait upon the Lord shall obtain a marvelous addition to their resources: they shall obtain wings! They become endowed with power to rise above things. Men who do not soar always have small views of things. Wings are required for breadth of view. The wing-life is characterized by a sense of proportion. To see things aright we must get away from them. An affliction looked at from the lowlands may be stupendous; looked at from the heights, it may appear little or nothing. This "light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." What a breadth of view!

And here is another great quotation: "The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." This is a bird's-eye view. It sees life as a whole. How mighty the bird from which the picture is taken! "As eagles!" What strength of wing! Such is to be ours if we wait upon the Lord. We shall be able to soar above disappointment - no matter how great - and to wing our way into the very presence of God. Let us live the wing-life!

taken from Springs in the Valley by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman ... page 164


jel said...

one of my fav verses!

this is a very good post!
and the painting very cool!

I love eagles!


auntibeck said... my favorite devotional book of all time Saija! Nice to see this morning. Blessings!

Terry said...

Dear Saija, This is one of my favorite verses too.
I love it when Stu Hamlin sings the song of it!
Really nice picture too...Love Terry

Catherine said...

You've just reminded me of when my brother and I were in the youth choir at the church we attended when we were in high school. We did a musical every year and went on tour over the summer. One year, the musical was based on songs by Petra, and Steve sang a solo on their song about this verse -- "More Power to Ya." Steve had such a beautiful voice! Good memories. :)

Mrs. Diamond said...

thanks for the beautiful thought.... i love that verse of scripture.

Saija said...

jel ... i copied the devotional first, then went looking for a pic and found this that seemed to suit it to a "t" ... :o) ... blessings to you too ...

antbck ... i love mrs cowman's devotional thoughts ... she blogged in bookform ... :o) ... blessings backatcha!

terry ... it IS a very encouraging verse ... to give us strength to soar! (hugs)

catherine ... i'm so glad that this generated a good memory - must be a "God thing" when that happens ... and tho' i haven't heard that song by Petra, i know of others that make my toes tap and heart sing! :o)

mrsd ... i copied it from the Springs in the Valley devotional book ... it is a super duper wonderfully written one! hope all is well!

Maggie Ann said...

Oh how I love your post. It is so true!! and often I forget. It reminds me of one of my favorite verses of scripture. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah.. Can't think of the ref. right now. This is my first day back after our daughter & her little fam. left for home in the sunny south. We are on a decorating spree...low cost and lots of joy! What a great time we had together. Glad to be back visiting you though!

Badoozie said...

sometimes I forget where you live..i was popping by everyone's blogs to say happy thanksgiving, and it occured to me, it is not the same there as it is have a happy day anyway!

Saija said...

maggie ann ... amen ... and i'm glad that you had a good visit with family - and now enjoy time to recharge your batteries!

susie-Q ... american thanksgiving is fun for leo - football on a regular thursday ... :o) hope you have a lovely lovely day!