Once, I had this dreamy idea of getting up early in the morning, climbing a tree that was on the edge of a field and watching the deer play at daybreak, like I had seen in the movie Bambi. Some of my friends, who were hunters, told me to hang a white t-shirt in the tree for a couple of weeks before I executed my plan to give the deer an opportunity to become accustomed to my smell and movement in the tree. So I picked a climbable tree and hung the shirt; then I waited, impatiently …….
When the two weeks were up, I awoke early in the morning before the sun rose and walked in the dark from our house to where the tree stood overlooking the field. I climbed the tree and perched on a limb where I had hung the old t-shirt. Then I waited ………. and waited………… As the sun ascended the horizon, my heart pounded; any moment now the deer would come bounding out of the thicket and into the meadow to play …….. only they didn’t. I never saw the first deer. But what I did see was amazing …..
When the sun awoke, so did the birds. All around the field birds began to sing their morning songs like an avian orchestra. Then an interesting thing happened; some of the birds began to land in the branches of the tree where I was perched. Different birds of various colors and sizes chirped around me, all with eyes fixed on the curious creature that had invaded their tree. In all there were about 25 birds. Some were so close I could have reached out and touched them, but I didn’t move except to slowly turn my head to see them better. After 30 or 40 minutes, the curiosity wore off and one by one they began to fly away to continue their daily routines.
Deuteronomy 32:9-11 (NASB)
9 “For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 “He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
The last word in verse 11 above is pinions, or in modern English, feathers. This is a portion of a song that Moses shared with the Israelites just before he died and left them under the leadership of Joshua. These were some of his parting words. Most of the song is a reminder to the Israelites about how faithless they had been to God; yeah it’s somewhat depressing. But there is grace in the song. Moses also reminded them that though they have been rebellious and turned away, God had never abandoned his people; he had never forgotten his promise. He used the example of the eagle to teach them about God’s strength and ability to care for his children, even when they desert him.
It has been observed by ornithologists that most birds of prey look back over their shoulders before striking prey (or shortly thereafter); predation is after all a two-edged sword…… but not the Eagles.
Eagles have no reason to fear attacks from other birds of prey because they, the eagles, are larger and more powerful birds. (Wikipedia – eagles)
God’s promise to his people is this, “Trust in me, trust in my power. I will guard you and protect you. There is nothing that you need to fear. If you fall from the nest, I will swoop down and catch you on my wings. I will lift you to the highest of heights then return you to the nest. No other predator will harm you because I am the most powerful and I will spread my wings over you to keep you safe.”
A feather weighs virtually nothing, yet it exhibits incredible strength in proportion to its size and weight. God carries the weight of all of his children on his wings and he will not permit even one to fall.
When you lift your mug today, remember your Father is like an eagle hovering over its young, protecting and guiding each fledgling as they learn to fly.