Old Cowbelle: View from the nest
The following short article is taken from the book "Soar With Eagles," compiled by Sheryl Lynn Hill. It is a beautiful shiny little blue book with an eagle soaring on the front cover. Granddaughter Lacey gave it to me a couple of years ago, knowing how much I love eagles. Some of this information was new to me.
View from the Nest
Eagles build their nest high up on a cliff or in a tree. The nest can be huge, weighing as much as two tons, and spreading as big as 20 feet long and nine feet wide.
When the foundation of the nest is done, the female stops gathering the materials and stays home, putting the finishing touches on the nest. The male keeps bringing home vines, leaves and fur from his prey.
The nest completed, the female then lays one to two eggs and plucks many feathers from her body to pad the nest for the eaglets. While she is busy keeping the eggs warm, the male goes out and finds food to bring home for her.
A devoted "father," the male eagle brings "toys" home for the baby eaglets. Tennis balls, cans and even old shoes may be seen in many nests. When the nest becomes too cluttered, the female simply tosses out some of the items.
When it's time for the eaglets to leave the nest, all the toys and the feathers put there for padding are removed. Suddenly, the nest becomes uncomfortable as the birds sit on only branches and twigs.
When it's time to learn how to fly, the female picks an eaglet up in her mouth. She carries it high up into the air and then drops it. Then she catches the baby before it hits the ground. She repeats this process several times until the eaglet understands and starts to fly on its own.
Sometimes we get pushed out of our nests.
Sometimes we become so comfortable in our environment that we want to stay there forever. Yet, the Lord gently removes us from our comfort zone and teaches us to fly on His wings of love and protection.
The view from the nest can look scary and full of many dangers. But once we let go and learn to fly, we will never want to return.
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In her book, she encourages the reader to leave our "comfort zone" to do things for the Lord we thought we could not possibly do.
I guess most of that is geared to younger people who still are able to do daring things, like saying "yes" when asked to step out of their comfort zone and take an office, or lead a meeting. Since I have passed the ability to do those things, I will stay in my comfort zone, and just pray for the people who do.
The author closes the book with the verse from Isaiah, 40:31, "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."