Happy Easter everyone! The traditional greeting is, “Christ has risen!” And you reply, “He is risen indeed!”
It seems ideal that today I planned to share with you about the eagle, as of all the creatures on God’s planet, he is the one best able to typify the act of rising into the heavens, although he doesn’t quite reach the throne of God!
The eagle has to be the most inspirational bird on this planet. There is so much I could say that I’m only going to list some its traits to encourage us.
Their attention: An eagle perches on a tree. His body stays still, his head tilts to one side, his eyes constantly search to see what is happening around him.
We need to be constantly alert to the people (and the cars!) around us if we’re going to stay safe.
Their vision: Their eyes have 5X more light-sensitive cells than we do. Where we see three basic colours, they see five. They can spot a rabbit from a distance of over 3,000 metres (two miles), and another eagle in the sky from 80 kms (50 miles) away.
We need to have vision as we look to the future.
Their courage: The African Fish Eagle swoops over water and snatches fish with its large talons. But it also grabs young flamingos and even baby crocodiles! Courage doesn’t just happen! We need to cultivate it in our lives.
Their determination: When the storms come, an eagle spreads its wings and soars to a greater height. Other birds take shelter or fly away. When storms come in life, we can run away, or we can use them to rise to greater heights.
Their ability: They fly higher than any other bird, up to an altitude of 3,000 metres (10,000 feet). God can help us rise above pettiness or time-wasting distractions.
Their company: Turkeys and pigeons scavenge on the ground and settle for grubs and scraps. Eagles take to the air and watch for new opportunities. We can stay earthbound, or we can choose to rise above our problems and challenges.
Their love and guidance: The mother patiently trains the baby eaglet to fly by nudging it from the nest. She then swoops underneath and catches him on her gigantic wings, returning him home for another try. Eventually, the babies imitate their parents, spread their wings—and they fly. Yes, we’ll fail. And we’ll fall. But if we hope in the Lord, we can be sure of His mighty wings waiting to catch us.
But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles. (Isaiah 40:31)