"There he is!" I screamed as my husband was right in the middle of a right turn. I must have scared him to death as he abruptly slammed on the brakes. Apparently he thought I was talking about some semi truck that was about to run through the intersection or something. His frustration at me vanished quickly though as he followed the direction of my finger and why I was screaming. A magnificent bald eagle was circling in the sky ahead of us.
"See! I told you I've been seeing an eagle around here since last spring!" I said triumphantly. "You didn't believe me, but there it is! Hah!"
All he could do was shake his head and admit I was right. He had no choice as that was very clearly a bald eagle. There was no traffic behind us so we watched the eagle for a few more moments before heading home. He shouldn't have been surprised. Minnesota has one of the largest populations of eagles in the lower 48 states. Okay, so we don't have mountains but we have something else which the eagles love. We have 10,000 plus lakes that are filled with fish. What eagle wouldn't want to stop in Minnesota for at least a snack?
Seriously, over the past couple of days I've been thinking about that eagle. School begins next week so that means I have a lot to do but the time to do it in gets shorter every year. In one big swoop I go from lounging about at will to putting in a 10-12 hour workday. Whew! There is also the anxiety which goes along with having a brand-new class and having to train them all over again. Students aren't the only ones stressed on the first day of school which is on September 1 for me this year.
I went from sitting in a four hour meeting this morning to moving heavy furniture which was put back wrong and sorting through boxes of things packed away over the summer, getting my computers running, setting up my document camera, and moving books to the "new" (old) bookcases I acquired from a special education teacher who was being moved into a "closet" and had no room for them.
Needless to say, I am very, very tired... and the week has only begun. More meetings and more unpacking and planning tomorrow.
Have you ever felt like that, physically and spiritually? I'm sure you have.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)I've read that bald eagles have been known to fly as high as 10,000 feet. They can reach speeds of 75 mph (120 km) when soaring. The bald eagle uses thermals, rising columns of hot air to lift them high into the sky. Then instead of fighting against air currents, the eagle uses them. They fly into the air current, relaxes and floats on it. This enables the eagle to save energy as it can glide for hours on the wind.
Sometimes I think we try too hard. We fight battles we don't need to be fighting. When turbulence comes, perhaps we need to stretch out our wings, relax and allow God to help us glide on the "wind" and we need to remember that even the wind and waves obey Him.
I hold that verse in my heart!
Thank you for the truth.kbird
This is me, stretching out my wings and floating on a Thermal of God.
Whew, that feels awesome!
My dear K, the bald eagle is a fascinating creature. I'm no bird-lover, but I can certainly appreciate the majesty and grace that are so wonderfully displayed in the flight of a bald eagle.
And this is a great blog, too. Much like that majestic bird, there is much grace here too.
Sister, you are in my prayers for strength and to be an EAGLE for GOD!
Hmmm " There he is ", is certainly much safer than just shouting "STOP", which yours truly has done in the past. For some reason husbands don't take too kindly to being frightened to death while driving
But you give good advice here K We do tend to try too hard at times. When I was at the beach the local lifeguard was handing out safety leaflets to all adults. It stated: If you find yourself in difficulty and unable to reach shore, lie back and relax with one arm floating, using the other arm to periodically wave for assistance, and we WILL see you.
I suppose relying on HIM is something we sometimes see as a weakness, but without the reliance on the currents the eagle would not stay in the air as long.Father teach me to be moe like the eagle and less like.. well less like me!
Our Eagle represents our Freedom, always free.
I love this song: by Brian Bliss
LORD, I'VE GOT AN EAGLE INSIDE!
He's not afraid to go in the valley.
But he doesn't like to stick around.
There's some kind of fire in his heart
That keeps him heaven bound
The way he lives up high
Nothing escapes his view
He doesn't care what anyone thinks
He does what he's got to do.
That's the way the eagle flies
That's the way he rules the skies
That's the way the eagle flies
Lord, I've got an eagle
It feels just like an eagle
Lord, I've got an eagle inside
Thank you and one day I pray to see one of those birds myself.
Beautiful K thanks for using one of my favorite verse and adding substance to it.
KraftyKatzBy His grace, I fly like an eagle, but not will drinking tea.