“As the eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings”.
The imagery of the eagle carries with it, superb strength in beak, extraordinary strength in claw, incredible vision, awesome spread of pinion and power of rapid, unwearied flight – such is my heavenly Father.
By the mouths of babes and nursing infants He is fearful in praises. He is mighty to destroy and mighty to save; with incomparable vision marking enemies and swiftly pouncing on them to protect His brood.
Why is He likened to an eagle? Because every child of God is in training for flight.
Heaven is the destination, the God of heaven is the Teacher and life is the training ground.
Each child’s under-fledged wings are exercised in shorter flights in order to be prepared for longer ones. The events we encounter in life, the situations and circumstances are either fitting or hindering us for greater works.
Like the eagle, He stirs the nest, making us uncomfortable in our comfort zones.
Every time it seems as though we got things under control and become sluggish, He stirs up the nest – pricking our conscience, changing our circumstances, allowing sorrow. If these were not so, how weakened we would become day by day – how unready we would be to face the dangers beyond the comfort of our nested home. And so storms in life become neccessary.
I do not know anybody who goes in search for storms and yet what would we do if there were no storms? The waters, as we know, would be stagnant, heavily putrid and pestilential. The winds must blow and the storms in life must hurtle in order that He may lovingly summon us from passivity to effort, because faith without works is dead.
This metaphor of God as an eagle may seem terrible but at the same time it carries unmissable gentleness within. He is very near to the child whose restfulness He disturbs as He stirs up the nest. His presence hovers protectively as we abide under the shadow of His wings.
Unto His broad pinions His young are lifted up into the air, taken to flight and taught to fly. And when the half-fledged wings of His young are fully matured, “they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”