Our rite of passage and getting our wings… God’s style!!!

Learning to fly like an Eagle!

As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings; so the LORD alone did lead him…” Deut. 32:11-12


Eagles are born to fly and to soar high above the clouds, and so are we as God’s children.

Now wait until you get a load of how they are taught to fly!

The maturing eagle is taught to fly when the mother eagle “stirs the nest.”

Do you understand what that is?

Those little eagles are not in any hurry to get out of their nest.  They are growing and their mom and dad are feeding them every day, and they are having way too much fun getting fat.

Their nest has been made out of thorns and briars.  That is how the father and mother eagle build their nest.  Say, how would you like to have your bed made out of things like that?

But that is only the outer shell.  They line that outer shell with animal skins and fur and they make it very comfortable for those little baby eagles; and so they are in no hurry to get out of that nest.

There is also lesson here for human parents too.  If you make it too comfortable at home your children will never want to leave home.

We could learn something from father eagle and mother eagle, for when it comes time for those little baby eagles to start flying, the first thing they do is stir the nest.

The mother eagle hovers over the nest and starts fluttering and flapping those powerful wings and that blows all of the loose feathers and fur away from those baby eagles.

The next thing she does is to go and take her powerful beak and tear that nest all to pieces.  She pulls out all of that fur and those animal skins and all of a sudden those little baby eagles are sitting on thorns.

That will move them out of their bed real quick will it not?  And then she starts flapping her powerful wings and then they start to get the lesson.

They think she wants them to start learning to fly.  Therefore they start flapping their wings a little bit imitating their mother.  And then she flaps her wings again.  And they will start flapping their wings again.  And then one day she screeches real loud and she swoops down and she places one of those baby eagles on her wing.  And they go up to 5000 feet and perhaps 7000 feet and then she starts swooping and soaring around through the sky and all of a sudden she tips her wings and the little baby eagle falls off.

He starts to do somersaults and flap his wings as he is heading down to the ground and all of a sudden before he goes splat on the ground she swoops down and picks him up on her wings and takes him up again to 2000 feet, to 5000 feet and perhaps to 7000 feet.

She repeats that process over and over and over again until that little baby eagle is able to fly.  That is the way the mother eagle teaches her babies to leave the nest.  She stirs the nest.

Well God the Father is compared in the Bible to the father and mother eagle.  God also will teach his children to fly high.  In the book of Exodus the Bible says,

Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:  ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.(Exodus 19:3-5).

Well I thought the above flight lesson would go nicely with the lesson below, which is called the “Cherokee Legend” which is the rite of passage an Indian boy must go through on his way to manhood.

The similarities of both examples, to that in the life of a Christian are absolutely stunning!

Just think of it folks, you could go to Disneyland and just about have to mortgage you house these days, in order to take your whole family; and take them on rides like Space Mountain, where we get jerked first this way, and then the other.

Well God gives us that kind of excitement for free… and it’s all a part of our training!

So think about that little baby eagle, or the young Indian’s rite of passage next time you are tempted to complain; and just figure… hey, we don’t have it so bad after all!

Enjoy the adventure,

Skip Barland

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him an leaves him alone.  He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.  He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm.

The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could  become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.

It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone.

Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral of the story:

Just because you can’t see God, doesn’t mean He is not there.   “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

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