So in the first section of this, we learnt about how as Christians we should keep our visions focused as eagles, we should learn to soar high to God, abiding under His shadows when we feel we are being pursued. We should put on our ‘sunglasses’ and head towards the sun (Son). Lastly, we learnt we should use the storms to rise above the clouds instead of running for cover and being afraid and discouraged by it. This part I’m going to bring you more lessons we need to pick from the eagles and also show how we are a lot like them in God’s kingdom.
Let me try and give you the story of the life of a baby eagle or eaglet as they are called. When Eagles are ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevices of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs, which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks thorns laying them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns. When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass it on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. It has thorns around it to protect the eaglets from predators and intruders. So the nest is well built and comfy and well protected. Here when the eagles are hatched, the mother and father eagle constantly feed it and nurture it. We as new Christians or babies in Christianity are also supposed to be constantly hungry for the word of God. God creates for us a nice cozy nest high in the mountains, away from harm. He, just like the Father Eagles makes available His word, its our duty to open up our hearts and receive it to nourish us and make us grow strong and mature. Without God’s word, we become sick and feeble and eventually die. Not natural death but we become dead in our spirit, a dead spirit can not ‘soar’, cannot reach the heights God has planned for your life. Some of us get picky with our food we receive from God; we make our revised versions of the word. We choose the things that pleases us and avoid the ones that confront, convicts and challenges our thinking and personal views. If we stay altering the word or choosing only fractions of it, we would not mature in God and we would never be ready to leave the nest. Leaving the nest and soaring is part of journey of a Christian life. God doesn’t intend for us to stay as eaglets in a safe warm and comfy nest forever.
So the time of training the young ones to fly is here. The mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Crying and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. “Mummy and daddy are mean and acting wickedly” I’m sure they think. “We aren’t ready”. Thing is, how do you know when you are? You’ve never been a full-grown eagle so how can you tell it’s not time? . Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air or She grabs her with her huge talons and she puts that baby on the edge of a cliff. This saddens baby eagle. She is scared to death, as she looks down below.
But her parents pay no attention to the baby’s cries for help, because they know it’s time she learns to soar. She was born to soar, but she doesn’t know it yet. They’ve got to show her what her destiny is. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly.
I’m sure you are catching my drift now. God knows it’s our destiny to fly, not sit in that nest and be fed. Are you being push off the cliff? Do you feel as though you’re going to be dashed against the rocks and destroyed? I want you to remember that your Heavenly Father is hovering over you, watching you every minute, and I want to assure you that your heavenly Father can fly faster than you can fall.
This process is repeated time and again until that baby eagle realizes that by spreading her wings and catching the wind current, she can soar like her parents. God wants you to know the joy of soaring, and once you get the gist of it, you won’t ever settle for anything else. It may sometimes seem like an agonizing lesson, but you don’t want to miss the joy of soaring. Remember that the eagle rides the air currents while the other birds are flapping their wings. She flies effortlessly, because she learns how to soar on the wind. And as an Eagle Christian, you don’t have to flap your wings. If you will, by faith, spread out those eagles’ wings, they will carry you on God’s Wind, His Spirit. As an eaglet, we have to be pushed off a high cliff and start a grievous downfall. But God our father Eagle is always hovering over us, and He never allows us to be dashed against the rocks below. Doesn’t that encourage your heart to know that your heavenly Father will never allow you to be dashed against the stones, because GOD CAN FLY FASTER THAN YOU CAN FALL. He will always always be there, not a second late to catch you. Gosh! That’s refreshing to me. God has never and would never take His eyes off me and cause me to be doomed upon the rocks and struggles below. I was made to soar so I submit to God’s will and brace myself for the push off the cliff. God doesn’t want us to fear when we are being push off the mountain. He expects us to wait upon Him, seek His face, look to Him, hope in Him. So that we shall gain our strength and ability to fly so that we would run and not be weary, walk and would not faint (Isaiah 40:31)
I would leave you here for now; pick up more traits we can learn from later. I don’t want to bore you but wait if you are bored, you need to question yourself because only spiritually dead people have no use for food (word of God) hence they find it boring. I just don’t want to overwhelm you or dump all of these amazing things we learn from eagles in one post. I hope we are going to learn from eaglets and feed on Gods word so we are strong, mature and ready for the push and when the push comes, we would be void of fear because we know we serve a God who would not let our feet be dashed against a stone. (Luke 4:11)