The GEMS girls’ club theme verse this year is “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
An eagle soars uses rising air currents to gain altitude: thermal updrafts from where the sun has heated the earth’s surface, or orographic updrafts when winds are deflected upward by ridges or hills (like Hawk’s Cliff). The eagle is not flying solely in his own strength.
We are focusing on the story of Esther this year as she found herself in circumstances where she seemed to have little control. But, Esther and her people turned to God in fasting and prayer when their lives were threatened. God gave her the courage to take risks and the wisdom to do the right thing as He worked through the events that would ultimately save the Jews from a wicked enemy.
In our church community, our lives are testimonies to God’s love and rescue, His forgiveness and grace and providence. And the gospel is “good news,” hope for all those who are weary. So, we too can rise up: rise up with compassion to take action for “such a time as this,” rise up to get a birds-eye perspective, rise up and soar as eagles soar.