A Lesson From Eagles (Lent) - Saturday, March 10

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"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 40:31 (NIV)

One day, I was driving home from shopping when something caught my eye. I looked up at the sky and saw a mother and father eagle teaching their baby how to fly. I was so fascinated with the display above, I pulled my car over to the side of the road to watch. The pair of eagles had their little eaglet between them. They were flying so close together, it looked like the baby was sitting on its parents' wings. All of a sudden, the baby was tossed up into the air as if it had just been sprung from a trampoline, while the parents spread apart. The young eaglet would glide for a minute or so and then tumble in a downward spiral. In unison, the parents would swoop in together and boost the baby back into the air.  

This went on for a period of time. Each time, the eaglet stayed in the air a little longer and became a little more stable, until finally, it was gliding smoothly between its parents. The three of them were soon soaring together in circles, and I continued to watch until they were out of sight.

This is such a beautiful picture of how our Creator takes care of us. He wants us to get out of our nests, out of our comfort zones to spread our wings. Sometimes, we’re afraid to do so, because we fear failing or not getting it just right.

It all comes down to trust. As the baby eaglet trusted its parents to keep him from hitting the ground, how much more should we trust in our Heavenly Father who loves us so much and is always there to scoop us up in His hands when we stumble or fall? Our Creator wants us to trust him. His word teaches us to trust him, and His word never returns void.  

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not putting our entire trust and faith in you. Thank you for always being loyal and loving to us, your children, and being our anchor of hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Deaconess Cathy Benzler (Cherokee)
Olympic Peninsula, Washington