Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chickens versus Eagles Part 3

EAGLES PART 3 Thanks to my brother at Ozarkcountryparson.blogspot.com He has let me use his material for the Eagle story. If you missed Part 1& 2 go back and read them first. Then head over to his blog. I know I may be cutting of my resource of material but he has some good stuff on there. I want to point out several spiritual truths that are suggested to us by the flight training process of the little eagle. Mother Eagle spreads her wings and commanding her eaglets to step out on them and firmly grasp a feather in their beak. The two wings of the parent eagle can be likened to the Word of God, both the Old and the New Testaments.The feathers can be thought of as the individual promises found in the Word of God. Father Eagle spreads His Word before us and commands us to step out on it, grasping firmly to the promises of God.Just as little Eagle experienced an unexpected shaking that caused him to lose his hold on Mother Eagles’ feather, even so, God's eaglets may experience a shaking of their faith life that can cause them to lose their hold on the promises of God they have been clinging to. Don't despair! Don't get frustrated! Don't throw up your hands and quit. This can happen when you're in the process of training to be an eagle believer. Just as the parent eagle watches over her little ones to make sure they don't fall to the ground when they lose their hold on the feathers while in training; even so God the Father Eagle watches over His own to keep them from falling to the ground when they lose their hold on the promises of God while in training to be an eagle believer. He lifts them up to try again.Just as the parent eagle continues to work with their young until they are fully trained - even so Father God continues to work with His young."He who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion..." Philippians 1:6.God doesn't want us to settle for a barnyard walk. He's determined that we're going to mount up with wings as an eagle. I close with this poem by Bill Harvey. Eagle Free An eaglet in its downy nest surveyed the scene below. And asked with zest, "Oh Mother, I would know . . . Will I someday begin to fly as high and far as you?" The answer came, "Of course you'll fly, for that's what eagles do" Highborn you are and high you'll stay, and higher still you'll go, And never know an earthbound day, nor crawling to and fro, Now dashing down, now soaring high . . . Now floating on the air. Now flying where you will to fly. Now free to do and dare. I'll take the down from out the nest and let the thorns protrude. I'll let the thorns disturb your rest and halt your nesting mood Then soon you'll climb upon the edge and stretch your pinions out You'll totter on the eerie ledge and ponder space and doubt, Then with a wing I'll knock you off to flounder, flap and fly And with a swoop, I'll pick you up and never mind your cry I'll put you on the perch again, then knock you off the nest To see if you will stand the strain and stand the acid test. I'll give you opportunity to prove that you can fly. And then a final chance to see if you will fly or die. I'd rather rugged, jagged rocks would claim you as their own Then bear the taunts, and jeers, and mocks that say you've never flown. But fly you must, and fly you will, and conquer gravity. And know the zephyr's golden thrill and fly for all to see. My eagle child, this word I give: keep looking to the sky. For though an eagle flies to live - an eagle lives to fly.

3 comments:

Dee said...

What a beautiful potrait of the supporting and sustaining wings of God! I find it interesting to read your post today, since this morning in my devotions God brought to my attention in Psalm 91 about His sheltering wings. Vs 2 says we can find rest in His shadow...and vs 4..."He will shield you with His wings." We're close to Him when we can rest in His shadow...and closer still as we are sheltered with His wings. I really love these "wing pictures" God gives us of His support, protection and care. Enjoyed your post!!!

Sue said...

Wow, Aliene and Dee! What wonderful images of God's love and care for us. I just got finished telling Aliene in a different comment, that God is drawing me closer to himself in a situation where my nest is being stirred. Yes, we are close to him when He is sheltering us under his wings.

Awesome!

Cathy said...

A beautiful poem and post, Aliene, thanks ~