"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard Delta Airlines flight 987 with service to Fairbanks." Chelsea and I were on our way to Alaska last week and this was our final flight from Minneapolis to Fairbanks. The plane took off and climbed to cruising altitude. Since it was an evening flight, the sun was setting and a beautiful sunset was painted across the sky. Flying west, however, meant that we were flying into the sunset and even catching up with it. For more than an hour we saw the pink and orange splashed against the sky. Then suddenly they started to fade as our plane overtook the sunset and the sun rose higher in the sky.

Since I have been passionate about aviation for most of my life, Isaiah 40:31 has especially captivated my imagination: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Somehow, I've always imagined that eagle in a clear blue sky, the sun glinting off its wings. But the truth is, life isn't always sunshine. Sometimes we are headed straight into the sunset. But when we wait upon the Lord, it will never truly get dark. This morning I watched as the President welcomed Pope Francis to the South Lawn of the Whitehouse. During his speech, he talked about the importance of religious liberty to the American people. I couldn't help but think about how prophecy foretells the shortness of that luxury. But whatever happens, if we wait upon the Lord, we will mount up with wings as eagles and it will never truly get dark.

Learning to wait,

Pastor Sutherland

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