Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lessons from the eagles

Today, I saw for the first time, the eagle feed the babies.

I was in awe of the interaction between the eagle and the eaglets.  The eaglets were so trusting, totally depending on the eagle to provide for its food.

Gently, the eagle held the meat so the eaglet could take only what it needed...only what it could swallow.

 I thought, "why doesn't the eagle just give it all to them?"

Not a brilliant thought but that's what went through my mind.

On the heels of thought, I realized that they couldn't handle ALL the meat at once.  They wouldn't be able to get much nourishment from it because it would fall to the side. They weren't strong enough to eat without the parent holding the food for them.

I loved the expressions on the faces.  Animals are remarkable in their ability to express.

The eagle was tender, protective and providing.  The eaglets were trusting, open, receiving.

And I remember that God says that He cares for sparrows...not just the majestic birds like the eagle, but the lowly bird...a sparrow.  He tells us that He takes care of the sparrows, how much more will He take care of us?

Matthew 6:25-34 (New International Version, ©2011)

Do Not Worry
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?    28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

And the promise.....

Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version, ©2011)

31 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.