Originally, when I was trying to picture what I wanted on the book cover, I imagined a winding road, lined with large canopy trees, with streaks of sun rays shining through. The publisher took my concept idea and sent me several photos similar to my vision…none of which felt right. I went to their recommended photo website and started looking through hundreds of photo ideas. Then I saw it….the eagle, soaring high above the earth, heading toward the sunrise. Around that same time I came across a teaching by Pastor Bill Lobbs on “God’s Eagle Christians.”
The teaching explained how God has called us to be spiritual eagles. Just as baby eaglets are 100% dependent on their parents for nourishment, so are we to also be 100% dependent on God for our spiritual nourishment. Without it, be will grow weak and spiritually die.
Just as eagles are born to fly…to mount up and soar to heavenly heights, God has also placed within us, as His “eaglets,” a deep desire to mount up and soar to spiritual levels we have never experienced. Sometimes we get too comfortable in our nests. In order to encourage us to fly, God will rearrange our nests until they are so uncomfortable…even painful if needed, until we decide to attempt to fly.
This is when we get to experience our Father’s protection and faithfulness. Just as the mother eagle securely sets her eaglet on her wing as she begins to teach him how to fly, we hold tight to Jesus, as He raises us above our circumstances and grows our faith.
Mother eagle knows that in order for her eaglets wings to be strong enough to soar, his wings must be strengthened. This is achieved by shaking her eaglet off of her wing, and as he flits and flutters in an attempt to fly, while plummeting to the earth, she swoops down and rescues him just before he hits the ground. Then up they go again….and down he goes again….over and over until he is strong enough to ride the winds of the air.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? So often we feel like life is spinning out of control and we are swiftly approaching crash and burn. But we’re not. We are being strengthened, by our loving Father, who swoops in and rescues us just in time. We continue these faith lessons so that we are strengthened to experience the freedom of mounting up, and soaring toward the glorious horizon, as we fulfill the unique purpose that God created for us.