Fly Like An Eagle

“You are so strong.” It’s a comment I get quite often when my son ends up in the hospital with health challenges as a result of his epilepsy as he did once again this past week. Friends will say they don’t know how I do it. I often will respond by letting people know I absolutely couldn’t do it if it weren’t for the great God I serve. He is where my strength comes from. He is the one who lifts me up when I feel like I’m falling. Becoming strong in Him however, is sometimes not a fun process. It’s sort of like a baby eagle learning to fly.

Baby eagles don’t naturally know how to fly when they are born. They must be taught to fly. Eagles build their nests high on cliffs for safety. They care for and watch over their babies until their feathers have developed. But finally, there comes a day when the mama begins to stir up the nest. Stirring the nest involves removing all the soft nesting material forcing the baby eagle to stand on its own feet in order to strengthen their muscles and talons. Then, she literally pushes the baby out of the nest. As the little baby eaglet falls down toward the ground, he frantically flaps his wings and screams, probably thinking he is headed to certain death on the rocks below. But just before he hits the rocks, the mama will swoop down underneath, pick him up on her wings and take him up again high into the air, dropping him again until he learns to fly. The process strengthens him and teaches him to soar. But I’m sure it doesn’t seem so fun for the baby eagle.

Many times we face circumstances in life that leave us feeling as though we are plummeting down toward certain death on the jagged rocks below. We scream and flap our wings, so sure we aren’t going to make it. We’ve been pushed out of our comfort zone and we don’t like it. But when we trust God, just before we hit bottom, we feel His loving arms come under us and lift us up, supporting us through whatever free fall we are going through. It’s not a fun process, but we end up stronger and eventually able to soar above life’s storms.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

6 Responses to Fly Like An Eagle
  1. Carol
    May 18, 2009 | 8:57 am

    Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Becky
    May 18, 2009 | 10:09 am

    Oh I love that post. I definitely feel like that little baby eagle in life sometimes. Thank heavens our Heavenly Father is so loving and kind to teach us and not to let us fall. I might have to use this analogy in a future post… I hope you don’t mind:)

    Have a great day.

  3. Lynn
    May 18, 2009 | 10:34 am

    I hear “You are so strong.” “How do you do it?” All the time. I am biological mom to four (14 has ADD, 6, 3 has a speech impairment, and 7 months) and foster/soon-to-be adoptive mom of one (16 months with special needs). Thank you so much for this post. My response had always been “I don’t know, I just do.” Something in my heart bothered me about this response. Reading this – LIGHT BULB! I wasn’t giving HIM the credit HE deserves and reminding myself and my family and friends that with GOD everything is POSSIBLE!

  4. Genny
    May 18, 2009 | 2:10 pm

    This is beautiful, Amy. Hope your son is doing better!

  5. Tara
    May 19, 2009 | 10:41 am

    When I opened up this post, I could have sworn that you wrote it specifically for me. It’s my first son’s fifth birthday, he would have turned five. He went to live with the Lord at two months old and I never thought I could open up my heart to anyone or anything again. God blessed my husband and I with our adopted little boy two years later. There are many challenges that we cross and I am still very naive in my faith, but trying so hard to gain better understanding each and everyday. I became a Christian a year ago and WoW! what a wok in progress I am! getting closer to God was the only thing that saved me and still does. God Bless you, great post!

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