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Eagles are a favorite bird of mine. Would you like to know some amazing facts about the eagle? We occasionally see  this magnificent bird soaring near our acres.
The eagle can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour when diving. They are real good at catching fish. They can even swim. They are a symbol of freedom and strength and elegance. Our country has chosen the eagle for it's national symbol.
Exodus 19:4 speaks of God being like an eagle in baring His people on His wings. The dictionary speaks of baring as the ability to carry the weight of something. When you are tired or faint He can carry you. God knows when you need help. He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5)
The Eagles nest is called an aerie. Year after year a pair of eagles returns to the same nest. When they die, other eagles take over the abandoned nets. Some nesting sites have been used for hundreds of years! Someone even weighed one such nest. Can you believe it? It weighed two tons. One American bald eagle nest was reported to be 8 square meters or 86 square feet. That is the size of a bedroom.

  It is important for nests to be located in high places, like treetops and rocky cliff sides, far from predators. Baby eagles called eaglets take a long time to grow up. Until they are grown, they are helpless so the nest is their safe place.

The materials used for putting together the nest are sticks, bones, straw, and leaves. They make the base of rough sticks then bring the leaves and straw and fur. These are woven in to make a spongy pad above the sharp sticks. Then the Eagle lovingly takes soft feathers from its own body to make a nice comfortable nest.
When it comes time for the baby eaglets to fly, the parent eagle stirs up the nest. The sharp sticks make things uncomfortable. The eaglet  wants to try out his wings. Imagine looking over the edge down to dangers below. It is a big event to take off and fly. Yet these eagles are born to fly. They watch their parents do it and they flap their wings about wanting to try.
God wants all His children to learn to reach new heights in spiritual growth. As they look at Jesus, they will act like Him, like the young eaglet watches his parents. Jesus prayed and went about looking for ways to help others. God's people will learn to do this. Instead of trying to gain riches for themselves, they will look for ways to help others. In a sense it is like flying above selfishness.
Exodus 32:11 As the eagle stirs up the nest, hovers over it young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them and bears them on her wings, so the Lord alone did lead us and there's no strange God with us.

The parent eagle is watching to help the eaglets learn to fly. The eagle has very keen eyesight. He can see for miles.

Our father in heaven has keen eyesight. In Psalms 34:15 it says His eyes are on the righteous. He even knows your thoughts (Jeremiah 29:11) He knows when there is something in your life that makes it so you cannot fly. If you ask Him, He can show it to you and help you get rid of the thing you are doing that blocks your growth spiritually. Jesus can fill every need you have. (Philippians 4:19) Just ask Him for help.  He also knows if there is a physical problem causing handicap. Someday when Jesus comes again, He will heal all the handicapped people who love and obey Him.

God cares for the elderly too. God promised to carry us even in old age. Isaiah 46:4 "And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar (gray) hairs will I carry and will deliver you."


Story and illustrations by Dr. Rose