We have been blessed to see a pair of eagles in our neighborhood and community the past few years. I’ve been told they have a nest in one of our parks. It must be hidden from any walking or driving paths though because I’ve searched but never found it. We saw a pair of eagles land in the field behind our house once. That was pretty cool. However, the best sighting to date is when my husband walked out to his truck one day and came back to get me. They were soaring above and around our neighbor’s houses. I had no idea they were that fast! They were dipping and soaring quickly back and forth and then down to the pond (we think because we couldn’t see behind the houses). We watched for quite a while. Evidently they were looking for a meal. Yesterday, again my husband was walking out to his truck and spotted one dive behind our neighbor’s house. He called to me but I missed it. They are incredible to watch and so majestic. Part of why they seem so majestic to me might be that they are our national bird but there is something about their size and the white head and tail that just make me watch in awe.
I did a little “googling” and found this: The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it’s native to North America. In the wild, an eagle will live 30-35 years (up to 50 years in captivity). A full-grown bald eagle has a wingspan up to 7 feet. They fly up to 30 miles an hour and can dive at 100 miles an hour! Eagles feed primarily on fish, supplemented by small mammals, waterfowl, and carrion. [that explains their speed]
Isaiah 4:28-31 says: “Do you know know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, The Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
This scripture says that those who hope in the Lord will soar like eagles.
Here is what the Webster 1828 dictionary says about hope. “Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well-founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises; a scriptural sense. To place confidence in; to trust in with confident expectation of good.”
As we put our hope in the Lord, let’s think about our lives soaring like eagles. After all, with God, ALL things are possible. Joyful Soaring!