Behold the Birds of the Air
As Jesus was teaching the sermon on the mountain, He told the crowd to be looking at the birds of the air so that they can learn from them. One of the birds severally mentioned in the Bible is the eagle. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”(Isaiah 40:31)“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”(Psalm 103:1-5)
The Way of an Eagle in the Sky
In Proverbs 30:19 King Solomon wrote of how he was amazed by the “…way of an eagle in the sky.” The eagle is one of the most powerful of birds and is usually referred to as the king of birds. It is assumed that the eagle is a most intelligent bird. It has forward facing eyes providing for sharp binocular vision. It can see a rat on the ground when it is flying one kilometre above the ground. The hen on the other hand is short sighted and sees the immediate surroundings. i am comparing the eagle and the hen because their behaviours are interestingly very different. Though they both have wings, that is the only thing common to them. Some people behave like hens which never fly while others are always airborne physically while others are always airborne spiritually.
The eagle has very powerful talons which grasp and do not let go of its catch. The hen has toes which cannot hold anything. Some of us hold and release, get saved and backslide, marry and divorce, acquire property and let it slip from our hands.
The eagle only eats what it has killed. It eats its own sweat. The hen behaves like a thief and eats whatever it sees, without choosing whether it is dead meat or garbage.
The eagle has a very wide wingspread making it a very swift bird and enabling it can soar upwards to very high altitudes in the sky within a very short time.
Confronting Your Storms Head on
The eagle gets excited by a storm. When people are being evacuated from an approaching storm, hurricane or strong winds, the eagle confronts the storm and flies towards the storm. When other birds get swept by storms, the eagle gets airlifted by the storm. It uses the principle of aerodynamics which is the science that deals with the flow of air and objects moving through that air. It is the interaction between air and objects moving through it. For the eagle to be uplifted by the storm, it has to position its wings and steady them for takeoff so that it rides on the storm. Pilots use the same adjustment of wings of aircraft so that the aircraft gets lifted by the air the aircraft is moving through during takeoff. The eagle knows full well that the greater the storm, the greater the uplifting. Once the eagle gets to the top of the skies it glides effortlessly in the high skies seeing the whole world. If it wants to fly from one country to another in search of food, it does not need a visa or passport. The hen on the other hand is born in the compound, gets married inside the same compound, bears chicks and gets grand chicks and then gets eaten up by the same people who keep it as food.
We should learn to fly high like an eagle. Face your challenges head on. Confront your storms so that you ride those storms and the storms will uplift you. Do not get swallowed by any storm like a hen. The greater the storm, the higher the uplifting.