The Eagle

As I look at the world around me, I am amazed at how intricately things have been put together to make life work well. We can learn a lot from nature and the creatures that live along side us on this planet.

For instance, eagles are admired the world over as living symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence. Eagles fly alone at high altitude. They soar so high that In some religions, eagles are believed to touch the face of God. They have strong vision and have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. When an eagle sees his prey, he narrows his focus on it and then determines to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not shift his focus from the prey until he gets it.

Just as the eagle flies alone, we alone are responsible for making our lives work for the good. Although sometimes bad stuff happens in our lives, we have choices in how we react. We can hide in fear. We can harbour resentment and anger. But this will just keep us low to the ground. and only in survival mode.

Success comes as we rise above the things that seek to crush us and look into the face of God. Our path in life will become clear and we will gain the confidence and ability to persue our goals.

When the eagle is around 30 years old, his physical condition has deteriorated to the point where he is no longer able to take care of himself properly. His talons lose their flexibility and he can not grip prey easily. His beak becomes dull and bent. Also his feathers become heavy, clinging to his chest. thus making it more difficult for him to fly. So, gathering all his strength, he flies to the highes point of the mountain. Over the next six months, he will remove his talons, smash his beak on rocks and pull out all his feathers. Each process produces regrowth of his body parts and "renews" his life for another 30 or 40 years.

Isaiah 40:31 tells us that they who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles. In the Hebrew language, the word that is translated "wait", "hope", or "trust" as in the different bible translations, is a verb and means "to bind", or "to weave". Originally, kavah meant to "twist" or "weave," as strands of a rope, making a tool capable of holding a heavy load securely. So there iis acitivity in our waiting, in our hoping and in our trusting. For instance, this could be a opportune time to get to know how God works in the world and in the lives of people. Taking time out to read a small portion of the Bible every day is a great way to learn about building healthy relationships, finding our unique path in life, and to become successful in every good work.

We can learn many lessons from the life of the eagle. It's power reminds us of the power of God that we see in His creation all around us. Its freedom is a picture of how God can make us free from sin, our past and our cares if we put our life into His hands. Its transcendence shows us that God can take one life, our life, and empower us to do great things. Yet within ourselves we often feel powerless and unable to overcome our struggles. So we accept a life less than what we really want. Just before he went back to live with God, his father, Jesus said to his disciples, "I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49. Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit of God, who gives us the power to rise above our circumstances and live a victorious life. The Holy Spirit is God the Father's representative here on earth. He gives us confidence and the ability to see beyond our own goals to what God has prepared for us. He heals the brokenhearted and gives us gifts that we can share with others. His life and power renews us day by day so that others are able to see the changes in us and are influenced to also come to God the Father.