Children's Bible Ministry of Connecticut, USA

The Eagle

God said to His people,

AYe have seen . . . how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto Myself@ (Exodus 19:4). And again, AAs an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 12 So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. 13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields . . . @ (Deuteronomy 32:11-13).

baldegl.wmf (9184 bytes)Eagles are some of the largest and most majestic of all birds, a symbol of power, courage, and immortality. Their wings can span as much as 8 feet. Huge wings allow them to glide a long way. An eagle´s huge wings carry it high in the air, where it searches the ground for food.

eagle.wmf (11574 bytes)Eagles have sharp eyesight. Their eyes, eight times sharper than humans=, can see a rabbit two miles away or a fish far below. When the eagle spots food, it folds its wings and drops suddenly, swiftly, and silently from the sky. Some eagles are strong enough to fly away while clutching an animal as large as a small lamb.

e-nest.gif (49846 bytes)The eagle's nest is high in a tree or on a rocky ledge where it cannot be reached by other animals. This is necessary because young eagles stay helpless for a long time. One to three down-covered babies hatch and remain in the nest from 50 to 100 days. The nest is often used by the same pair of birds year after year. It is made of sticks and lined with grass and leaves. Each year the birds add new material to the nest. The largest known nest ever measured was 20 feet deep and 9.8 feet across weighing more than a ton.

Eaglets are born quite helpless but they gain strength by playing tug-of-war with sticks. They learn to fly by hovering over the nest. They are coaxed out of the nest by food dangled beyond their reach. Those afraid to leave the nest are finally pushed out. But the mother eagle swoops below them and allows them to rest on her back when they get tired.

As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings: so the LORD alone did lead him.

God cares for His children. God leads them and feeds them and stirs them up to go onward and to grow up. God=s love causes Him to always seek the highest and best for us. And God in His love is always there, spreading His wings to bear us up when we fall. God=s eyes are keen to see the past, the present, and the future all at once. We must trust His wisdom to lead us safely and rightly. God gives the very best to those who leave the choices to Him. God=s wings are strong to carry us safely. God=s power is great to strengthen us to fly high.

AThey that wait upon (who keep on trusting in) 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.

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