As I looked at the surrounding scene where the eagles perched, the tree branches look so dead and devoid of life with a few dried leaves still attached. A stark setting but in its simplicity, I am reminded of the power of life contained within these trees unseen to the naked eye. They surprise us each spring as the branches burst forth with amazing fullness of green in proud foliage of life.
Eagles are symbolic of so many noble defining moments, which we as humans can display, such as.... bravery, beauty, freedom, honor, courage, determination, grace, pride, strength. As situations unfold before us, God has equipped us with wings of eagles that we can soar and rise above the storms of life. We just need to become spiritually aware that we were meant to fly. Isaiah 40:31 says, "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles." This is easier said than done sometimes when we are embroiled in a struggling situation, which can or cannot be of our own making.
Some interesting facts about the eagle that can illustrate a spiritual lesson in trust and rejuvenation:
- Learning to trust... an eaglet learns to trust the nudgings of its parents when it is time to fly. The eaglet doesn't know it has this ability to fly until it first tumbles from the nest and spreads its wings.
How often do we struggle in trust towards our Father God. When we fear rather than trust, we are unable to spread our wings to rise above circumstance and experience freedom.
- Rejuvenation... an eagle molts and loses its feathers periodically throughout the year... a little here and a little there; just enough to require nature's maintenance to renew and repair the eagle for continued strength and ability for its preservation and flight.
It is necessary for us, as God's children, to become quiet and allow the healing power of God to renew and repair our hearts and minds that have become worn from adversity.
I discovered this video showing what it is like to fly like an eagle and how it must feel to be airborne in flight above earth's landscape. Enjoy being with the movement of this magnificent bird as it is in flight near the French Alps, Chamonix. A small video camera was cleverly attached to the eagle to give us this amazing viewing pleasure. Many thanks to Srachi - Flying Eagle Point of View. Chip Ivory presents it with music "Fly Like an Eagle" by the Steve Miller Band. Part of the lyrics say, "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future...."
"I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I'm free...."
You can also watch the clip at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miItc6JMTTA
There is a similar post on eagles which I wrote on December 31, 2012 which gives additional information on the eagle. At that time, I hadn't had the opportunity to take any photos of eagles until these two showed up last month. You can also read this particular post, "Fly Like an Eagle" at this link:
Can you tell that I think eagles are amazing?? Can you tell that I think Isaiah 40:31 is amazing??
We'll meet again at "The Turn-Up Patch" on February 3...... see you then!