Like an Eagle
Updated: Apr 20, 2022
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31
An eagle is a symbol of strength and power. Eagles fly at high altitudes, either alone or with other eagles. Never with low flying birds like ravens or crows. They have incredible vision and can see up to 5 km away. They are fearless and tenacious. When a storm starts to brew in the atmosphere the eagles get excited. They don't flee from the storm. They fly into it! They use the wind to lift them higher. When an eagle becomes old, his feathers, beak and talons become weak and don't work as well. Instead of finding a comfortable place to retire by the ocean, the eagle retreats to a high place in the mountains to hide for awhile. Here begins a bloody process where it plucks out it's old feathers, and breaks it's own beak and talons until it is laid completely bare. It now must remain in hiding until new feathers, a beak and talons grow back. Once they do, the eagle is now able to fly higher and better than before. Even though it is painful, it sheds all it's bad habits and fosters new ones so that it can now soar higher than before.
When my father was sick and passing away, my brother in law, Mike began seeing eagles all around our area. It encouraged him and gave him hope. God uses nature so often to comfort us in our grief. I am amazed at the things He uses and the way that He does it. I shouldn't be surprised, yet I always am. It feels like such a gift!
After my dad passed, the eagle became a symbol of hope for us all. Our hearts leap with joy each time that we see one. Little did we know than that our dear Mike was going to follow our Pops on his journey home within such a short amount of time. In the days following Mike's passing, an eagle came and hung around our house! It landed in our yard and hung out in the neighboring trees. As Mike would so often say, "It was unbelieeeevable!" It comes back now for a visit each year around the same time. My heart flutters and joy abounds at the sight.
America is considered an eagle nation. It is our symbol. We are a nation that was built on godly principles. We are a nation that chose God from it's very beginning. We are a nation built on His foundation.
Now, a storm is upon us. The winds of adversity blow as torrents of thunder, rain and lightening can be seen in the distance. However, things are not what they appear. The great deceiver is up to his best work to create havoc; he is stirring up wars and rumors of wars. To our human eyes, it looks hopeless. It looks like it is only a matter of time and our eagle nation will fall. However, what if God has the eagle nation hid in the mountain; plucking out it's old feathers, breaking it's beak and talons? What if God is taking out evil and we have no idea of it?
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?" ~ Jeremiah 32:27
Something stirs in my heart. It is hope. It is belief. God is not done with the eagle nation! Some of His best work is about to begin. Don't lose hope. Don't grow weary. Don't watch the mainstream media and let it fill your heart with fear. Instead, immerse yourself in the Word of God. Let it wash over you , comfort you and fill you with peace. Nothing else can, my friend.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and hidden things that you have not known." ~Jeremiah 33:3
The storm takes the eagle higher. Let God use this storm to take you higher and deeper into His Word and cover you with His love.
Heavenly Father, all praise and glory is Yours. You are a mighty God who saves. You are absolutely good! Thank you for loving us, keeping us, and saving us. We cling to You as the storm rages around us. Take us higher. Lift our hearts and minds above the peals of thunder and lightening. Save our eagle nation. Take out all the evil that has infiltrated our world and replace it with good. Thy will be done and thy kingdom come! In Jesus Name
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