Andy Hollifield 5-9-18
Exodus 19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The word “eagle” is used in scripture 23 times and the word “eagles” is used 9 times. These 2 scriptures are especially important to Christians because the first one speaks of God’s care for his children while the second one promises strength to those that wait upon the Lord. The eagle is one of the fastest birds in the world with the ability to fly at over 200 miles per hour. There are different accounts of how eagles learn to fly. Some say that the momma takes them on her back and dumps them in mid-flight and then swoops under them catching them again on her back. Others say that the mom pushes them off of the edge of the nest and then swoops under them as they are falling. Another scenario that I read states that when the eaglet, or fledgling as they are called when they reach flight age, is in the nest the momma will stand on the nest fluttering her wings and creating an air current. The baby then instinctively spreads its wings and the current picks them up off of the floor of the nest thus teaching them how to use their wings. The one thing that everyone seems to agree on is the fact that the eagle has to learn to fly from his parents. They are not born with the knowledge or ability how to do it. Eagles are not only used in scripture as examples of speed but also of strength. Eagles are said to be able to snap the spine of their prey in mid flight simple be squeezing with their talons. There is one attribute they have that no other bird has and that is their special eyes. They apparently are able to fly directly into the sun by having special eyelids that drop down when it gets to bright. This is an excellent defence mechanism as they are able to escape from other predatory birds because they can’t see to follow them.
Many of the majestic attributes of the eagle is what we often like to focus on. But the behavioral aspects of an eagle really serve better as an example to us. Such things as the fact that an eagle doesn’t know how to fly by instinct but has to be taught. The only thing we know how to do by instinct is to sin. It doesn’t come natural when we are born again to behave the same as a Christian of many years. We have a rebellious nature that has been bred into us from the garden of Eden since Adam and Eve sinned against the Lord. Eagles learn behavior by what is called imprinting. That is to say “imitating.” They learn by watching their parents and imitating what they do. Even lion cubs learn the art of hunting by watching their mother kill prey. They have an instinct to eat but have to learn how to hunt. Eagles have an instinct to stay close to their mom and depend on her but yet have to learn how to fly and hunt. It would serve us well as Christians if we would practice the skill of imitating the Lord and doing what he does. The fact of the matter still remains; apart from his leadership and guidance, just like that baby eagle, we don’t stand a chance.
There are some things we can learn from eagles. Sometimes, as it becomes time for us to fly, God has to do like the mother eagle and make our nest uncomfortable. The mother will begin to pick out the hides and feathers and grass that make the nest comfortable, to get the young eagle uncomfortable enough that he doesn’t want to stay in the nest. it then sits upon the edge of the nest. Whether it gets cold and hungry enough that it jumps and takes to the air or the momma pushes it is still open for debate. We need to get out of our comfort zone if we are ever going to soar with eagles. Listening to all the naysayers that tell us we can’t do this or that will accomplish nothing except keeping us from soaring the way that God intended for us to just as he did the eagle.
Another thing is that God can always catch us when we fall for whatever the reason. Remember that God knows all things (omniscient) and can do all things (omnipotent) all things and is everywhere at once (omnipresent). Just like the mother eagle keeps watch for enemies, the Lord stands guard over his children and has a hedge built around them as he did Job. That means that Satan can’t do a thing to you unless he ask God’s permission and he allows Satan to afflict you. If he allows that time of testing; you can rest assured that it will be for your benefit according to Romans 8:28. If we could ever grasp the fact of who our God really is and what he is capable of. He can do anything he wants to, anytime, and anywhere without asking anyone’s permission.
There is one other thing that is necessary for an eagle to fly. When it is born it has a fluffy down-like covering. As it grows and nears the time to fly, that fur falls of and gives way to feathers. Before a young eagle flies, he must first get rid of his fluffy fur because it isn’t suitable for flying. There are often a lot of things in our lives that we need to get rid of and leave behind us if we are ever going to soar like God intended. That isn’t to say that we will never have problems because they manage to find everyone’s doorstep sooner or later. But if we will leave behind the things, people, or whatever we have in our life holding us down, we will be able to soar for the Lord like he intended for us to. We have seen how it’s done. We have heard how it’s done. We have even experienced the joy when it is done and seen the benefits of it. Now, you sit on the edge of the nest looking out at the vast unknown like that little eagle does. What you used to have doesn’t satisfy you anymore. The nest where God has let you live just isn’t comfortable anymore. Your pew at church doesn’t feel like it used to. You sit on the edge of the nest too miserable to go back and getting colder by the minute. Hungry for what the Father has for you but to scared launch out and spread your wings in obedience to his will. Wanting to go higher with God but too afraid to fail. The only way you can fail is if you don’t try. It’s time to jump off of the nest and do what God wants you to do. It’s time you were obedient and started soaring with eagles. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 5-9-18