“…like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.”
As harsh as it sounds there is a spiritual truth revealed in this metaphor. Free falling is the way eagle chicks learn to fly. The lesson begins when the mother eagle destroys its nest, which is located in the highest place she could find. Even more, apparently, cruel is the moment the eagle pushes its young ones out of what is left of the nest. So the chicks descend free falling. Then the mighty mother bird dives from above watching them move their wings, but not yet flying. At the last moment, the agile bird catches her chicks over her wings, lifting them back up to try again. Christian living by faith is sometimes like eagle’s chicks learning to fly. All of a sudden the bottom falls out; “God, why are you doing this to me? You are supposed to protect me,” is the Christian’s lament. The only visible thing down there is the “rocky floor” waiting at the end of a miserable fall. Nonetheless, as the “free fall” continues, we might not realize that God is right now speeding to catch what he loves the most: his children. This is the lesson: God will take us over his wings while we learn how to live by trusting in him.
DEAR GOD, IT IS HARD TO SEE WHERE YOU ARE IN ALL OF THIS, FILL ME WITH FAITH TO TRUST NO MATTER HOW DISASTROUS THE SITUATION IS. TAKE ME OVER YOUR WINGS. AMEN.
-Shared by Rev. Fredy Diaz