“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength as eagles. They shall RUN and not be weary, they shall walk and not be tired.” -Book of Isaiah
We can learn so many things about eagles. Let me share with you some principles we can apply as we go on in our journey:
Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or with other small
birds. No other bird can go to the height of the eagle. They stay away from
sparrows and ravens. Eagles fly with eagles.
Eagles have strong vision. They have the ability to focus on something up to
five kilometers away. When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on
it and sets out to get it.No matter what the obstacle, the eagle will not
move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. Have a vision and remain
focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.
Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat
dead animals, but eagles will not. Be careful with what you feed your eyes
and ears with, especially in movies and on TV. Steer clear of outdated and
old information. Always do your research well.
Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle
uses the storm’s winds to lift it higher. Once it finds the wing of the
storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. This
gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the
meantime all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.
We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish
challenges and use them profitably.
The Eagle tests before it trusts. When a female eagle meets a male and they
want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she
picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her. Once
she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the
ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The
faster It falls, the faster he chases it. He has to catch it before it falls to the
ground. He then brings it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs
the twig and flies to a higher altitude and then drops the twig for the male to
chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female
eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art
of catching the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then, will she
allow him to mate with her. Whether in private life or in business, one
should test commitment of people intended for partnership.
When 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 crevice 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 to lay it on top of
the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the
outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female
eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects
them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones
to fly, 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. Shrieking and bleeding
they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love
them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff
into the air. 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 new
found knowledge that they can fly. The preparation of the nest teaches us to
prepare for changes; The preparation for the family teaches us that active
participation of both partners leads to success; being pricked by the thorns
tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into
our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of
life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live on.
We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have
thorns. The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us
hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good
intentions for us.
When an Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as
fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a
place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his
body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has
grown new feathers, then he can come out. We occasionally need to shed off
old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives.
See you at the road my Friend.
God be Praised!