but 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
Canada’s explosive population growth from immigration is causing rents to soar in its biggest cities. And there’s another problem: The country isn’t even properly counting the number of people who need homes. Canada is experiencing its fastest population growth since the 1970s, and apartments have become extremely hard to find. The vacancy rate on rental buildings is below 2%. In Vancouver, it’s less than 1%. The situation is made worse by rising interest rates that have made buying a home unaffordable for many people.
In a day when flying has become common and heading into space is a regular activity, it’s difficult to imagine the longing in the hearts and minds of people for millennia to fly. Human beings are created to live on terra firma, having our feet firmly planted on the planet. But God has built into our minds and heart a longing to experience what birds do. This is, in the physical, what we really long to do – soar spiritually, having our greatest longings met and our dreams come true. The Hebrew prophet understood this longing, and writes in Isaiah 40:31: “but 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.” Human beings too often live in the valleys of life. It’s ironic that in an attempt to experience a spiritual high, they get involved in activities that only serve to drag them into the gutter. The God who created them and loves them is the only source of true peace and contentment. It is only in trusting Jesus that we soar on wings like eagles.
These have been words from the heart.