Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015 “Learning to Fly”

“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.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Good Morning Everyone!

As I read this verse from the prophesy of Isaiah this morning, it got me curious as to how eaglets learn to fly. I wondered how the process takes place and how long it takes for the young ones to begin to soar in majestic splendor. Here’s what I discovered:

 “Baby eagles begin learning to fly–a process referred to as fledging– when they are only two to three months old, though eagles who don’t share a nest with other litter mates can start learning earlier. Usually this process takes a couple of months. During the learning process, many of the eagles fall to the ground, and some are hurt and even die. Eagle parents will often continue to feed and care for baby eagles that have fallen to the ground until the babies learn. By four to six months, all young eagles should be flying unsupervised. While the eagles will stay close to the nest while they are learning to fly, once they’ve mastered the process, they will fly far and wide, and most won’t remain near the area of their birth.” 

Considering this process from a spiritual perspective, the lessons are quite similar as we mature as Christians. During our own “spiritual learning process”, we, like those young eaglets, often slip and fall to the ground, often getting hurt as we do. Sadly, for some new in the faith, the fall leads to a ‘death” of spirituality, and they give up. But those who do not give up are nurtured along by a loving Lord, continually fed by Him until we, too, learn to soar. After a time, our spiritual life takes flight and we are flying on our own, but always under the protective eye of our gracious God. Charles Spurgeon had an interesting way of drawing this comparison by noting,

“Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets so that they may learn to mount above the clouds. “

God’s plan for having us “mount up with wings like eagles” is that those wings are plumed and strengthened by daily prayer. Oh, there may be times when we fall from the nest and taking flight does not come easily, but our loving Lord lifts us up until we, too, soar to new heights, and God’s skies are limitless! Trust in Him. He cares for you. Let’s pray!

Loving, nurturing Lord; plume our “feathers” through the power of prayer and our consistent trust in You. When we fall, lift us up that we may soar to new heights. The view from above is tremendous, and we long to take flight. hear our prayer, O Lord, for it is made in the Name of our Mighty Lord, the Risen Christ. Amen!



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