The eagle is the most majestic bird in the sky, but something happens to all Eagles at least once in their lifetime, they molt.
In the life of every Eagle, they will go through a molting process that can bring with it a great depression.
This is a wilderness time where;
*They begin to lose their feathers, and their beak and claws begin to alter as well.
*The eagle will walk like a turkey and they has no strength at all to fly.
*The molting eagle finds himself in the valley, unable to fly, with its feathers falling out.
*They lose their ability to see, as well, their vision weakens during this time.
*Calcium builds up on their beaks and they can’t hold their heads up.
*This is so traumatic, to the proud majestic birds that Eagles truly are. They lose their desire to eat, they only eat fresh meat and they have no strength to hunt..
But then another phenomenon takes place….
*When the molting eagle gets in this last state, often times they will begin to peck on each other, occasionally killing another molting eagle, as they gather together in one place.
*At this time they will choose some area of a mountain range where the sun can shine directly on them, and they will lie on a rock and bathe in the sun.
*During this time other eagles come and drop food to the ones going through this “molting” stage. But, its never the younger eagles that are dropping the food, it is always the older eagles that have survived this experience and know what the “molting” eagle is going through.
.. “It is a most pathetic sight to see. Four or five eagles molting in the valley, where they once would only soar over to look for fresh kill. “…
But, If they don’t renew, they will die. ”
They grow weaker and weaker. Suddenly there comes a sound from the sky over the valley. Screaming loudly, another group of eagles fly overhead and drop fresh meat over the dying birds. The screaming is encouragement. That’s what they reckon; the screaming is encouragement from other Eagles who have already gone through this. Some eat and recover but others roll over and die.
Any of this sounds familiar? Yes. ..thought so. This stage of the life of an eagle sounds so much like what I am going through right now. What you or someone you might know, may be going through.
This is how I relate;
1. It takes place in a valley
We all know that life is not always on the mountain top. It has its ups and downs..hills and valleys. It’s not always soaring in the heavenlies. And like a friend of mine once told me on a particular Monday when she was not in the best of moods..’Every day is not a Sunday.’.. I will never forget that fact. There will times when we feel we are in a valley / a wilderness maybe… But I love to read Genesis 26:19 because it talks about Isaac being brought into a valley, we are told that he had to dig there, and when he dug, he found a well of fresh running water.
But then when the Eagle is like this…
2. They lose their desire to eat
Times like I usually feel like I have lost hope in all I have ever believed in. Nothing makes sense anymore and so I avoid the very thing that can help me-God’s Word. Times when I should be praying like never before, are the times am most angry at God and feel like I cant even utter a word to Him.
Then there is another thing
3. Their vision goes
That sublime vision that is so awesome, so inspiring, the Eagle could spot a rabbit miles away… Things that mattered matter no more, like good health and just simply breathe.. Such times all I think of is the pain am going through and I fail to look around me, near me, to see all the goodness, the blessings that surround me despite my problems.
“Don’t let ’em clouds cloud your vision…”
A. Hurts can cloud your vision
B. People can
C. Church life can / its bickering / squabbling can
Then this happens to the Eagle at the time of molting..
4. Calcium builds up on its beak, and they find themselves looking down. Bad habits are very easy to acquire during the times we are low. Habits such as drunkenness, promiscuity, arrogance, cruelty and a lot of negative attitude.
When you urn your eyes upon Jesus look fully in His wonderful face, things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace…
But then they tell us;
5. The Eagle begins to help its self in this state
They scratch at their own claws until they are down to nothing and so will grow new again.They will knock beaks until the calcium that was weighing them down falls.
I like to look at this way; the old calcium is the old us..our old bad habits that must die because they will be of no use to us in the place we are going..when we soar.
Then again, God helps those who help themselves. If we make the effort God will respond to that. Sitting about moping, sitting about reeling is not the thing to do.
But the greatest thing of all The Eagle does to benefit itself while it is in this state of molting is to choose a spot were the sun can shine directly on them. Eagles will find a rock and they will lay on it. They will do so as they bathe in the presence of the sun. They will let the sun beam down on them. They will wait just there and its here that they begin to get renewed.
…”Isaiah 40:31. But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint….”
I hope this detailed account of the eagle’s molting stage is as encouraging to you as it is to me.
Then always remember this pals, if God can restore an eagle..a bird.. how much more can He do for us then, His children…. Its Simply Amazing!! 🙂
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