|Eagles are a favorite bird of mine.
like to know some amazing facts about the eagle? We occasionally see
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.
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
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
Story and illustrations by Dr. Rose