It is absolutely interesting to study how parent Eagles teach their young to fly. After the mother bird lays the eggs, the eggs take almost four to six weeks to hatch. When the young ones hatch, the devoted parents work tirelessly to get their young their food. And the Eaglets get bigger and stronger. Now the time comes for the parents to teach their young to fly.
It is said that the mother bird pushes, prods (to incite to action/to stir) and shakes the nest to teach the young birds to perch securely. This takes a several months. By now the little eagles’ wings are stronger. Next, the challenge of the parents is to get her eaglets out of the nest, to fly. This, the mother Eagle does by making the nest so uncomfortable that they are forced to leave it and begin flying. The little Eaglets are flapping their wings frantically to fly and many times since their wings are still not strong enough, they swirl downwards toward the ground. For a little Eaglet to fall from such a height is sure death. But just when the Eaglet is about to fall to the ground, the mother Eagle scoops it on her wings, right up to the sky to a place of safety.
“As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him,” Deut 32:11,12.
You and I are people of the ‘comfort zone’. We would be comfortable in our own little nests safe and secure, content with our life, and living only for ourselves. And sometimes it takes the ‘breaking of the nest’ to get us out of that comfort zone to teach us to fly. If I CAN soar in the sky with my majestic wings spread abroad (7 feet long for an eagle), then I certainly don’t want to be sitting in the nest like a chicken!!!
God’s breaking may sometimes seem unfair, unkind, and unlovely. But what we may not understand as an Eaglet, we WILL one day understand as an EAGLE, and be thankful for the Hands that taught us to FLY!!!
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
Video below: A parent Eagle teaching its young to fly.
Have a fantabulous month ahead!!!