[God questioned Job] “Was it through your know-how that the hawk learned to fly, soaring effortlessly on thermal updrafts? Did you command the eagle’s flight, and teach her to build her nest in the heights?” Job 39:26-27
A neighbor pointed and said, “There it goes—the eagle!” I strained my neck trying to see it between the branches of the tree-lined river, but I missed it again. I’ve been here all summer and didn’t know we had an eagle in the area. Now people were seeing it nearly every day. Yesterday we had company, and as I sat on the swing without my face buried into my computer, a big black object came into my peripheral vision. I saw it—the bald eagle with its wings spread wide, flying west along the river
I relate to the bald eagle. It’s a preying bird (I pray). It’s an “opportunistic feeder,” mainly eating fish. (I eat whenever the opportunity arises and sometimes fish.) A bald eagle builds the largest nest of all North American birds in the largest tree in the woods. (I once had the largest house in the neighborhood.) It is strong and dedicated. (As am I). And, some day I hope to soar like an eagle to Heaven.
During the late 20th century the bald eagle became an endangered species. Fortunately, it’s no longer a threatened bird. It would be impossible to pick another bird to represent the strong nation we live in.
Lord, thank you for the bald eagle—a symbol of our great nation and of your power. Amen.