7 Lessons From an Eagle(Part 2)
Today we conclude the lessons we can learn from the Eagle. These lessons are great for persons who are dating, courting, in a relationship or married. It puts in perspective the role of each person and the importance of being with the right person.
The Eagle tests before it trusts.When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate,she flies down to earth and picks a twig then flies back up to the air with the male pursuing her. Once she has reached a height high enough for her she let’s the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig, the faster it falls, the faster he chases it. He has to catch it before it hits the ground and bring it back to the female eagle. This goes on for hours on end with the height increasing each time until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of catching the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then will she allow him to mate with her.
Wow, this is an amazing lesson especially for those who are courting or dating. Oftentimes we allow our emotions to guide our decisions as it relates to who we should marry and this sometimes leads to divorce or a life of misery. Test your partners before marriage. See how committed he or she is to you. See, part of the test for the female eagle is to determine if the male eagle can catch their baby eagles if they should fall. This is an important thing for the female eagle because she understands that her babies won’t have the strength when they are born and oftentimes will fall from their nests. She needs to be assured that he is able to catch them when they fall, which could happen several times. Be deliberate in your choices for a partner
When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff, where no predator can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice cliff then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns. When this first layering is complete, the male eagle flies back to pick more thorns and lay them on the nest then gets grass on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest.
Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again, this time wondering why the mother and father, who love them so much, are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up in his back before they hit the ground and brings them back to the cliff, this goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this new found knowledge that they can fly.
This lesson is multi-faceted because the roles of different members of the family are evident here. This is a perfect example of each person functioning in his or her role. This is why the female eagle had to test the male before she had its babies. She understands her role and she knows that she needs the male to be a protector and a provider. The baby eagles have to learn to fly and both mother and father are integral in this role. I know that there are single parents reading this blog and I must celebrate you for playing dual roles because it is not easy for both parents let alone one. When each person functions in his/her role then there is a harmonious relationship that exists that is beneficial for all. Do some assessment and see how your family is functioning and see if you are functioning well in your role.
When an eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as far as he should go. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.
There are some things when we have to do some shedding in order to live. Sometimes this involves pulling away from some people, things or work related things that are draining the life out of you. You have to know when to quit, when to say no and when to let go of people and things that are not good for you. I have learnt that being busy does not mean that you are progressing. We often confuse movement with progress. I can jog on the same spot for hours and I am in the same position I was when I started. Stay in your hiding place for as long as it takes and then when you reemerge you are stronger and better than before. Do not fall in the trap of wanting to be seen to determine your worth. Most of the powerful men and women in the bible gained strength when they were alone in a desert or wilderness.
Which lesson are you not adhering to? What adjustments do you have to make?