Do you need a “do-over”?

bald_eagle_adult2It is amazing to watch Eagles build their nest and lay their eggs! I have watched them for several years via computer. The young eagles are born with their mouths open and squawking for food. The parents take turns sitting on the nest, bringing food. Sometimes it is a sight you would rather not see, if your stomach were weak. I have watched them use their mighty beaks and claws to rip apart small animals for their babies. The eagle has a long life span, with one in captivity living for 48 years.

The eagle has the unique ability of renewing itself and that is what I want to talk about. As the eagle ages, is sick or wounded, it will fly to the highest place it can and begin the process of plucking out its feathers, there are seven thousand of them, until he is a bloody mess. He beats his beak against a rock to trim it down, and his talons get the same treatment. He then stays in the sun and begins the process of being renewed. When the feathers grow back in and the beak and talons, which are made of keratin like our own hair and nails, grow back, he is again the mighty hunter that he was in his youth.

Psalm 103:5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

The Bald Eagle is our nation’s symbol of strength and valor, and as the eagle goes through a process of healing and renewing, it is time for our country to take a lesson and do the same. How can we accomplish that? By remaining the Christian nation that our forefathers came to this land to build! 2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

We must stand strong in the unity of prayer if we are to keep the blessings of God on this nation. On a personal level, the eagle teaches us that we are never too old to start over. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. That is our promise, we can be renewed, and not only can we walk, and we can run and not be weary!

I imagine if the eagle looked at himself in the mirror as he was resting on the rock, stripped of his feathers and waiting for them to return, he might be discouraged at his image and decide to never try to fly again, let alone try to hunt.

So what’s going on with you? Are you tired, discouraged, stripped of your glory? Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Know that the saints that have gone before you are rooting you on and want you to succeed! Rest in the “Sun” while you are healing and be renewed! Be Blessed!


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