Soaring eagles do not make the most challenging flight patterns or draining exercises their favorite. Every stage of the flight of life is filled with what makes one emotionally satisfied, drained or lonely. Stepping out in faith, one must seek the kind of faith and trust to ask for help at any time. Saying to God, “let me wait upon you and trust in you so I might soar like the eagles.” It is interesting how the flight of the eagle doesn’t question his/her lack of strength, wing span, speed, or size. However, questioning our own abilities does lack the patience and persistence to wait in the stages of life that require waiting the most.
Taking a lesson from the eagle, one can observe these eagles have great wing spans, but did you notice, as Jennifer Randell, CPN Eagle Aviary Manager details, that the wing span of the female is eight feet in contrast to the male’s six feet wing span? (Citizen Potawatomi Nation). One can also see the size differences in the eagle as well females tend to be larger in size and weight helping with their nurturing and protecting roles over the nests. The weight of the female is usually ten to fifteen pounds more than the male. The males size allows for better ease of hunting and making provision for the nestlings. Together these two establish loyalty to each other and to their offspring with rarely a recommitment to another after the death of a mate (Citizen Potawatomi Nation).
The strengthening is not just in the size of the wing, but it is in the waiting. When observed, the BALD EAGLE site, details the physical characteristics of the eagle’s strengths. They have long, large wings, a short neck, and short legs. These short legs make preparing for flight by tucking them in the safety of their own dependable feathers. As the eagle is in flight it will take only “two minutes per hour” for the eagle to actually flap his/her wings because this is enough for the eagle to feel content and fully able to satisfy the level of energy needed. (www.learner.org) The confidence of the eagle relies upon his physical characteristics and qualities, but he/she also remains in a positive and powered glide rather than a painstaking, flapping journey.
The upward and motivated flight of the eagle inspires a metaphor for the individual waiting upon God. I trust that in the hoping and waiting we will learn to soar.
“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 (N.I.V.)