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Do you not know? Have you not heard? 
The Lord is the everlasting God, 
the Creator of the ends of the earth. 
He will not grow tired or weary, 
and his understanding no one can fathom. 
He gives strength to the weary 
and increases the power of the weak. 
Even youths grow tired and weary, 
and young men stumble and fall; 
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 40:28-31

What a great passage of scripture! It’s full of encouragement, comfort and hope for those who know and trust the living God.

Isaiah preached a powerful message in this passage regarding the bigness of God to a people whose problems seemed bigger than God. The Israelites were in Babylonian captivity and the future did not look very promising for them. In this setting, the encouraging words of Isaiah the prophet of God were much needed.

Fast-forward a few thousand years and it is a timely message for us today as we witness troubling events unfold all around us. Events that give us pause about the future not only of the world at large, but here in our own country as well.

Listen, our problems seem big only when our God is too small. Our circumstances seem overwhelming when we lose sight of the surpassing greatness of God.

We have adopted the theme, Soar Eagle, as our spiritual focus for this new school year. It reminds us that our God is bigger than any problem, circumstance or obstacle in our lives. It is a challenge to us to rely on and place our faith in the strength of our great God no matter what challenges we face.

As the cry of Soar Eagle is heard on the fields of competition, so may it be the cry of our hearts as faculty, as students and as parents, that there is hope and power promised to those who “wait on the Lord.”

Now this waiting is not a passive type of waiting. It’s very much like the words of Jesus when He said, Ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened unto you. When we are waiting on the Lord, we are praying, asking God, “What can I do to be a part of Your answer to my prayer.” Waiting is actively seeking God in prayer, being faithful in the things we know please Him.

Soar Eagle is the rallying cry for our TMA community of students, parents and faculty to encourage and challenge us to live in the victory that is ours in our great God through the work of His Son, the Lord Jesus. – TMA Administrator, Mike Armstrong


About The Author

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is the Director of Christian Life Impact at The Master's Academy in Oviedo, FL. Ryan has served in youth ministry for the past 14 years. He has a strong passion for helping students understand the implications of the gospel for their everyday lives. As a parent of two elementary age kids attending TMA, he also has a desire to come along side other parents as they learn together what it looks like to parent in light of the gospel.