|The eagle is a symbol used many times in Scripture. In fact,|
it is mentioned 39 times throughout the Bible. We can learn
some very important lessons from this majestic creation of God.
Eagles have a wing span of 2 meters and are around 90 cm tall. The
eagle mates for life and uses the same nest for life. This nest is
built in a safe place, often on a ledge of a sharp cliff. It is built to
last and the largest nest reported is 9-1/2 feet wide and 20 feet deep.
In the natural world, when a baby eagle loses its fluffy baby down
and grows flying feathers (fledges), a parent will hover over the
nest and flap its wings. As the baby eagle stretches for food, it
mimics the parents and flaps its newly feathered wings. The wind
that the parent makes will cause the baby to rise slightly above the
nest as it is also flapping its own wings. These are its first flights,
inches above the floor of the nest, usually at about 8-10 weeks old.
The baby eagle makes vigorous wing stretches and exercises
and is very hungry. It weighs about one pound more than its
parents at this point because it needs the excess to survive the
next stage of training which is learning to hunt outside the nest.
Sometimes when a young eaglet is fearful of taking its first
flight away from the nest, a parent will withhold food to
force it out. As it turns out, there’s much to learn from
an accurate understanding of how eagles teach their young
to fly, rather than staying with the myth of the push.
Eagles have been observed coaxing, even taunting, their young
from the nest, instead of just giving them a shove. When the
fledging is almost ready to fly, the parents have been observed
swooping by the nest with a fresh kill. Instead of landing in the
nest as usual to share the meal, the parent lands near the nest
and eats in plain view of the squawking, hungry offspring. This
behavior continues until it is hungry enough to venture out of
the nest, and then the parent shares its food. This behavior
creates the incentive necessary for the young to venture out
of the nest on its own volition in pursuit of what it wants.
Most often an eaglet will take its first flight to a nearby
tree branch, or stump. It will glide back to the nest if
possible. Otherwise, the parents continue to bring food
wherever it perches. It is at this time it breaks the infant
bond with the nest. One month after leaving the nest it
has learned to soar and climb with the winds. It takes
an eagle 4-5 years after this to become an adult eagle.
|In Deuteronomy 32:11, Moses reminds the children of Israel how|
God cared for them and guarded them just like an eagle that
stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings
to catch them and carries them on its pinions. Again in Exodus 19:4,
God says that "He will carry the children of Israel on eagles' wings".
We can get very comfortable in our nest. Perhaps that can be
our way of doing things, our way of thinking, our opinions, our way
of living life. Then when God comes and stirs up our nest, we get
upset. We don't always identify this as a growing experience.
Sometimes if we're really honest, we really don't want to
grow. We get so very complacent and satisfied with where
we are, that any interruptions are viewed as negative. But
God wants us to fly, to become all that he intends for us to
become. He never stirs up our nest without good reason.
Did you know the eagle can see a rabbit two miles away?
It can soar up to two miles above the ground and can fly
at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. They have a separate
eyelid which slides across the eye sideways in order
to keep the eye clean and free from dust as they fly.
Their bones are hollow and therefore light of frame.
Their frame has cross ribs, like steal bars in sky scrapers.
The eagle has 7000 feathers. The back feathers are as
long as the head feathers. Their beak is black until
they turn 3 years of age, and then it turns golden.
|Psalms 103:5 says, "who satisfies your desires with good|
things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles." A
time of renewal is necessary for every child of God. A time
when we get rid of what is weighing us down, holding us back,
aging us spiritually. A time to give up the sinful habits, to
give in to the Holy Spirit in whichever way He is convicting us.
We need to do this, even to the point of renewal with
pain. Some things we hold on to so tightly, that to let
go actually causes us pain. But in order to have the long,
powerful, useful, spiritual life that God plans for us, we
need to do that. It will renew our spiritual youthfulness.
God has created us to remain pure and holy and conformed to
His Image. Don't allow the freedom we are to experience in
Him to be compromised by spending too much time in worldly
thinking, activities and mindsets. We need to remain clean.
Eagles do not fly like other birds, they don't flap their
wings, they soar! Flapping their wings would use incredible
amounts of their own strength and endurance, and they would
require so much more food for fuel if they did not soar.
|Instead, they sit on a high ledge and wait for the right|
wind currents to come. When the time is right, they take
off and soar upwards, effortlessly, because they have
waited for the right time. There is a special "up going" wind
that they ride as it circles higher and higher toward the sky.
What a lesson for God's children to learn! Just think of
how often we loose strength by jumping out too soon and
flapping our wings, instead of waiting for God's Timing.
Waiting is not a popular concept in these days of instant
everything. But when we wait on the Lord, wait for His
Timing, wait for His Answers, wait for His Direction,
THEN we can soar to new heights and fly to new places!
"Those who wait on 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 faint." Isaiah 40:31