2.1.2018 [DAY 2]
Scriptures: As an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young, He spread abroad His wings and He took them, He bore them on His pinions. Deuteronomy 32:11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition.
Like an eagle that shakes its nest, that flies over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His wings. New Life Translation.
Here are some observations of Eagles from ornithology:
Let me show you “the ways of an eagle” in the nest, and give you a picture of our lives as well. After the eaglets get to a certain size, or maturity, everything changes! One day the mother eagle comes back from being gone, but this time there’s no food in her beak, and she doesn’t land on the edge of the nest. Instead, she hovers over the nest.
Why does the mother do this? She is demonstrating that those curious appendages on the babies’ backs have a useful function. Eagles, of course, were meant to fly, but they don’t know that. If we take an eagle and separate it at birth from its parents, it will never learn to fly. It will just grovel around in the dirt like a chicken. It might even look up and see eagles soaring overhead and never guess that it was meant to soar in the heavens.
Eagles have to be taught, and that’s the mother’s job. So first she just demonstrates. The next thing she does is come down into the nest and surprise her young. One can imagine how warm it must normally be for the little eagles to snuggle with their mother and be enshrouded with her feathers, but this time she puts her head up against one of the little ones, and pushes that little one closer and closer to the edge of the nest.
All at once she pushes the little one out of the nest, and the eaglet falls down the face of the cliff, surely to be destroyed. But not so! In a flash the great mother eagle flies down, catches the little one on her back, and flies up and deposits it in the nest. The mother bird then pushes the little one out again, and again, over and over until it begins to flap and fly.
Why would a mother do that to her young? Does she hates the little one? Not at all. It’s just that those little birds were made to fly, and they don’t know it, so she is going to push them out of the nest. She never lets them hit bottom, but she does let them fall, because they have to learn something they don’t know that they too can fly.
Application: Sometimes we all get into a comfort zone and settle into it. It’s warm and safe, but we’ll never do what we are called to do if we stay in it. So, like the mother eagle, there are times when God has to give us a gentle nudge and send us soaring down. He’ll then catch us, lift us up and repeat the process until we begin to learn to fly [spiritually] as we were designed and destined to do. More of this tomorrow.
Prayer: Heavenly and loving Father God. I know I was destined to soar on wings like eagles but spiritually. Sadly, like most of us I get caught in comfort zones and decide to settle into them. And even when at times I am shaken, nevertheless I am sometimes not stirred to get out my comfort zone. So you come as the mother eagle does to her young and stirs the nest. Lord if you have to shake me and stir up my comfort zone, then please do it as I do want to fly in my destiny. Thank You. Amen.