When we look upon an eagle, we see its independent spirit, acute focus, fearlessness, selectivity and its natural inclination to embrace the uncomfortable. It is for this reason, that the bald eagle was chosen as our national emblem on June 20, 1782. In light of Independence Day, here are a few lessons we can learn from our national bird.
1. Learn to Fly Solo
An eagle can fly ~10,000 feet above the earth. As a result, you will never find an eagle flying with sparrows, pigeons, or ravens. They simply cannot fly at the altitude that an eagle can. Studies show that it is their elemental makeup that helps them achieve these heights. Similarly, God has created us for a specific purpose and destiny. Therefore, we must be careful who we allow to pour into our lives while embracing our individuality. Understanding that not everyone can handle your destiny. Unfortunately, many times we would rather strive to fit in rather than stand out. Let’s be honest, we all have friends that make us feel good about our lives because we see that at least our life isn’t as bad or as drama filled as theirs. Problem is, you may be comparing yourself to a crane when God wants you realize and identify with the eagle that lies within you. It is better to soar alone than live beneath what God originally intended for you. Embrace the vision God has for you and let him show you how to walk in it one day at a time.
2. Write the Vision
An eagle’s eye is among the sharpest in the animal kingdom, moreover, an eagles eye is ~4 to 8 times stronger than the human eye. When catching their prey, they have the ability to focus as far as 3 miles away. An eagle’s acute vision reminds us how important it is to focus on the vision by writing it down. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets… Though the vision tarries wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” In high school, we had a week of prayer entitled “Write the Vision.” It was in light of this, that I wrote multiple times on a piece of paper, Dr. Crystal S. Lewis. At the time, I thought I would be a medical doctor, but God had other plans. Exactly 10 years later, what I wrote down would become a reality. Writing down your vision gives you the focus you need to achieve what God has downloaded within in you. In the words of Dr. Matthew Stevenson II, “The Devil is most afraid when you are focused.” Regain your focus by writing down the vision.
3. Fall in Love with the Storm
Eagles love the storm for it helps them to fly at even higher altitudes. Typically, when clouds begin to form, the eagle will position itself on a high plain and wait for the winds to arrive. As the wind approaches, the eagle gets in position by spreading its wings. It’s essential to remember that God’s ultimate purpose for trials and tribulations is for extended growth for who He wants us to become. Just as the eagles position themselves for the storm, Isaiah 40: 31 says “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles.” For us, our place of positioning is through waiting, through prayer and study of God’s word. Too many times we confuse waiting to be passive, boring even, when it is actually meant to be active. When we wait on God to birth the eagle within us, we ought to be co-laborers with Him by asking Him what is the vision? Then asking Him what can I do today to bring me closer to the vision you have tailor made just for me? As you ask these questions, the storms will make more sense to you. As you position yourself in prayer notice how God will help you fly in realms that you never knew to be possible.
Be Blessed God Investors!
P.S. This is only a taste of the lessons God has been revealing to me on my journey with Him. My book on this topic will be coming out soon! Stay tuned, subscribe to godinvestors or like my fb page for future updates.
P.S.S. If you want to watch a movie that will transform your view and perspective on Christianity watch the movie entitled “The Shack.” You will thank me later ;)