As storms approach, lesser fowl head
for cover, but the mighty eagle
spreads his wings and with a great cry mounts upon the powerful
updrafts, soaring to the heights of glory. The eagle soars
effortlessly, letting the wind carry him where other fowl beat with
frantic wings to stay aloft. In spite of the winds, thunder, and
lightning, the eagle seems to know instinctively where there is safety
in the midst of a storm.
the Christian sees behind the
storm ... the winds of
the Holy Spirit ... and
rises on wings of faith to rest in God's carrying power far above harm
and destruction. He moves not by striving, but
by restfully abiding. He
trusts in the soaring current of God's love ... the Lord Himself bearing
him up. Just as the eagle knows how to catch the rising flow of life
through his knowledge of the currents, the one in Christ knows his
faithful God and experiences this life by trusting and waiting.
When the eagle's mighty wing feathers become heavy with oil and dirt and
his beak and talons become calcified and brittle, he retires to a hiding
place in a cave or rock out of reach of predators and experiences a
period of renewal. With his great beak he pulls out his mighty wing
feathers one by one, then he extracts each claw. Finally, he begins to
smash his beak against the rocks, until it too is gone. Left
defenseless, this peerless, unique bird waits patiently until beak,
talons and feathers have regrown, emerging in his renewed condition
stronger than before ... Every
new creature in Christ experiences renewal as he lays aside those things
inconsistent with the life of faith. As he stands bare before the
Lord, stripped of all that would keep him from leaning on Him alone, his
strength is restored.
The eagle is known for its ferocity, yet no member of the bird family is
more gentle and attentive to it's young. At just the right time, the
mother eagle begins to teach her eaglets how to fly. She gathers an
eaglet on her back and spreading her wings, flies high. Suddenly she
swoops out from under the eaglet and as it falls, it gradually learns
what its wings are for until the mother catches it once again on her
wings. Sometimes, the eaglet learns on the first try, but if not, the
process is repeated many times. If the young is slow to learn or
cowardly, she returns him to the nest, and begins to tear her nest
apart, until there is nothing left for the eaglet to cling to. Then she
nudges him off the cliff. Those in Christ learn to depend on the
faithful Father, knowing that underneath are His arms ready to bear His
children up, to support them through all of life's storms.
Just as this matchless bird has been given eyes that can see from a
distance and can look directly into the sun and not be blinded,
Christians are given spiritual
eyes to see from afar; gifts of counsel, insight and vision are theirs.
When others see only problems and turn their eyes to circumstances,
those in Christ see beyond to the joy set before them and endure
whatever cross must be borne.
They see by the Spirit into the very depths of God, seeing in His nature
the answer to all things.
gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might, He increases
Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men
Yet those who wait for
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah
We have been
into the “Family” of God…and our Family needs each other very much!
ourselves to soaring high by worshipping our
in absolutely every area of our life.
Let’s continue to
rise to new heights and always look for others in need of God’s thermal
Source: 1Adapted from a daily devotional by
Steve Troxel at http://gdwm.org/