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The Eagle Teaches us Lessons on Life and Leadership
When God gives us an analogy, He wants us to ponder its meaning and get the most out of the comparison. One example of an analogy is that the Lord is the potter and we are the clay. To find a fuller meaning in this story, it is helpful to learn exactly how pottery is made. In doing so we learn how God wants to mold, shape, and transform us in this life as we continue to grow in His knowledge, grace, and power.
The Eagle and the Christian Walk
Another very powerful analogy that the Lord has hidden back in His Word in the Old Testament is what I call the eagle analogy. Here is the verse where this specific analogy is being given to us by the Lord: “But those who wait on 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)
Have you gone through trials? Are you in a struggle right now? Then... The following are Principles Learned about Life and Leadership from the Eagle:
1. Eagles fly alone at a high altitude and do not mix with sparrows or other smaller birds like geese. Birds of a feather flock together. No other bird goes to the height of the eagle. Eagles fly alone. Never in a flock. Even when Moses (Old Testament) went to commune with God on the mountain, he left the crowd at the foothills. Stay away from sparrows and ravens. When you fly above the storm, you may have to learn to fly alone.
2. Eagles have strong vision, which focuses up to 5 kilometers from the air. When an eagle sites prey- even a rodent from this distance, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter 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.
3. Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals but not eagles. Stay clear of spiritual decay and dead orthodoxy. Keep your spiritual life fresh.
4. The Eagle is the only bird that loves the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the wings of the storm to rise and is pushed up higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar above the clouds and glide. This gives the eagle an opportunity to 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 our lives (obstacles,trouble, etc.) to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.
5. 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 until he reaches it and has to catch it before it falls to the ground, then he brings it back to the female eagle.
The female eagle grabs the twig and flies a second time to a much higher altitude pursued by the male, until she perceives it high enough, 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 picking the twig. This 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. Not everyone you date is fit for a mate.
6. Eagles prepare for training. When about to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach; the male prepares for hours to build a nest of thorns, twigs, grass and other materials. 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. The people who love us involve each other in the process of building and nurturing a family. They push each other hard to grow and succeed. Even when we don't understand their actions they have good intentions for their family. Building a family is hard work, but, God rewards faithful service.
7. When the 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 old habits & items that burden us and add no value to our lives.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Lord, teach us to soar like the eagles every day, but help us most in the midst of our storms. Many have gained spiritual resources from your words in Isaiah 40:31! Lord, help us today to never forget that you have called us to live above the storm. Renew us and make us strong! Make this Christmas season one of spiritual growth and closeness to Christ. Lord, stretch our wings! In Jesus name! Amen!
Have a blessed flight! Pastor Ken
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