As we navigate this world, we will inevitably face situations that are challenging. We will face many difficult situations that will make or break us. Many of us will feel that we have to throw in the towel and give up. However, I want to draw attention to the eagle and examine several lessons that we can learn from it.
Lesson # 1. Eagles fly alone at high altitudes and not with sparrows or other small birds.No other bird can get to the height of the eagle.
There is a saying that we are the sum of the five people we hang around. They generally reflect who we are and the choices we make. There are times that we have to fly alone. Sometimes the Lord will take you through a season where it seems like no one is with you as you try to make sense of what is happening around you. It is during this season that he’s building your character and shaping you to be a better person. The truth is where you are going, not everyone can follow you on that journey.
To overcome the challenges that you face you need to fly at higher altitude; that represents attaining higher levels of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Change is proportionate to your level of wisdom.
Eagles have strong vision.They have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometres away. When an Eagle sites his prey he narrows it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
Do not lose focus. Like the eagle be vigilant and spot what you need and pursue it. Many times we get distracted in life because of our circumstances. There are times when we forego our goals because we get distracted by unimportant things. We have to learn how to be laser focused on what God has called us to, our goals and our purpose. The eagle is not distracted by the other birds around it as it pursues its prey.
Eagles do not eat dead things.They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals but eagles will not.
Be careful what you feed your mind daily. There are some things that we ought to let go of that we have held onto for years. Many of them drive our actions and our desires. They make us stagnant because we are feeding on things in the past. There are some people who cannot move on with family members and friends because they are holding on to things that happened in the past. There are some people who are afraid to make a leap of faith because of what they have heard in the past. Whatever it is, be open to newness and change instead of stagnancy.
Lesson # 4
Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift it higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm it then uses the raging storm to lift itself above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.
This is quite the opposite response that we have as humans. And it is understandable because we are not built like the eagle. One thing we have learnt however is that the storms are not there to break us, but to make us stronger. See, the eagle uses the force of the raging wind to propel it higher and once it is above the cloud it can rest its wings. We fight against the storm and as a result we get burnt out and get frustrated. It is in the moment we start blaming and cursing God. But, what if we embraced the challenges of life and rode them out. I know what you are thinking, it is easier said than done. Absolutely! Many of these storms are painful and sometimes involve death and some serious emotional pain. One thing I have learnt however, is that my response to something determines how long I am in an emotional turmoil. So, let us, however difficult, see the storms of life as opportunities for growth and healing.
We will be looking at the other 3 lessons that we can learn from the Eagle in the next post.