“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for Him to act.”
The Bald Eagle is not actually bald. According to wikipedia.com, the name originates from an older meaning, “white headed”. The Bald Eagle is both the “national bird and national animal of the United States of America”. Its range covers most of “North America, including most of Canada”.
There are a variety of opinions regarding how the young eaglets learn to fly. One way is when they are ready, the eaglets are pushed out of the nest. Another way is the parents will fly by them to tease them with food until the fledgling becomes so hungry that they will stand on the edge of the nest, reach out to grasp the food, and they lose their balance, drop into space, and then begin flapping their wings.
Rabbi Marc Gellman, writes a newspaper column called “The God Squad”. Gellman related another belief regarding the eaglets learning to fly. The article went like this: a man who had “spent a lot of time in the desert” explained that the eagles “would build their nests on rocky escarpments to protect them from predators”, and intuitively, they sensed that was not a safe place to learn to fly.
The parents, “mostly the mothers”, at the right time, would “throw one of the fledglings out of the nest.”. The fledgling will begin flapping its wings “hysterically trying to fly on its own, but mostly just falls straight down. The mother eagle swoops down and catches the fledgling on the large pinions of her huge wings and swats it back up in the air so it can try again and again to fly.”. The parents show confident patience in teaching its young how to fly.
How do God's people develop the same patience of the Bald Eagle? In the Book of Galatians, it states: “...when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us...patience...”. Patience is one of the by-products of being under the control of the Holy Spirit that is dwelling within each believer. Confident patience cannot be successful unless the person remains joined to Jesus Christ. His people must wait patiently in prayer for the LORD to do His work in them.
Christians have what it takes to cultivate patience in order to grow spiritually deeper. Like the female Bald Eagle, God is faithful, and waiting to swoop down to catch every one of His believers to build the character of Jesus Christ in each person. God will increase your confident patience as you hold on to one of His promises which is in the Book of Lamentations. It states: “For the LORD is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him and seek Him.”. Reach out and grasp His promises. He is waiting there for you!
Lord God, thank You for always being there to swoop down and catch us. Help us to lean into you to dig deeper to continuously develop our confident patience. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington