“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19:4
At our home called WindWood, we have developed a close connection with eagles that nest across the road. Over a period of time, they have come to trust us. At times they’ll come and sit in trees around our cabin and watch us as we work. We in turn, will go and visit them in their period of sitting upon the nest. We cheer them on, and often they’ll “talk” back to us.
A few years ago, the baby eaglet seemed to develop an unusual sense of trust for us; and the day its parents pushed it from the nest, as parent eagles tend to do, the eaglet came and roosted on a branch right by our cabin. It sat there looking fearful and forlorn. We’d go and stand right under the tree and talk to it throughout the day, giving reassurance. It stayed there all through the night. Then, at some point the next morning, it disappeared.
One day, a few weeks later, we heard a lot of eagle chatter in front of our cabin and went to check it out. Two adult eagles were roosting in a tree in close proximity to where the eaglet had last been seen. Suddenly, an immature eagle came soaring by. For several minutes it soared around us and out across the ridge below. I had a sense it was “our” eaglet, coming back to show us all that it had learned and proudly displaying its new found freedom in confident flight, with its parents watching proudly as it soared.
Whenever I see the eagles soaring above, I recall the words from the beautiful song by Michael Joncas, “And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of my hand.” This, I believe, is God’s word of encouragement to us, in our times of discouragement and fear. May God’s mighty wings lift you high, and carry you upon the winds.