There are a number of great quotes in which eagles are compared with chickens, crows, turkeys and even dogs. So I decided to add one of my own that reads: “You can’t soar high like an eagle if your head is stuck in the sand with ostriches.” If you are an ostrich Christian, then the words of the Prophet Isaiah do not mean much to you: “They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”1 I like the way it is rendered in another version: “Those who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as high as an eagle in the sky.”2

Sandy Warner mentions how as an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the LORD alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him. As most of you know, eagles have been classified in the prophetic world as being symbolic of the prophetic. She recently did some research about eagles and was fascinated with how the information correlated with our training up as Christians and also the prophetic giftings. She points to what we are told about all the Israelites coming together to meet with the LORD their God at the special place He chose. They must read the teachings of the LORD to the people so that they can hear them. They were told to bring together all the people – the men, the women, the little children, and the foreigners living in their cities so they will hear the teachings, and they will learn to respect the LORD your God. Then they will be able to do everything in this Book of Teachings.3

Most of you know that eagles must LEARN to fly and hunt and are taught by OBSERVING their parents? These skills are not instinctive like some of God’s creatures. However, eagles are born with a different instinct called “imprinting.” Konrad Lorenz first discovered imprinting when he observed ducks and geese hatching out of their eggs. He noticed they would bond with the first moving object they saw, regardless of whether this was their parent. From that first moment of imprinting, they follow their moving parent (or adopted parent) until raised.4

The concept of imprinting is fascinating. Bird shelters that rescue eagle eggs, must hand-feed them with an eagle puppet so that the eagles do not think they are human and end up resisting their own kind when it is time to mate. In Kondrad’s imprinting studies, he saw one egg hatch near a rolling ping pong ball. When the duck grew old enough, it tried to mate with anything that was round and rolling. One group of ducklings imprinted on his moving boots. In the morning when he would go outside to put on his boots, instead of being in their nest, the ducks were curled up and sleeping on his boots. They followed Kondrad – everywhere his boots took him.

So it is with imitating the Anointed One – Jesus of Nazareth. As infants in the Lord’s family, we must grow up in constant contact with His Word. So as we grow older as spiritual adults, people will see us always following God’s Word wherever it takes us and duplicating whatever it teaches us. It is God through His Holy Spirit who teaches us how to fly higher each day in the atmosphere of His presence through the Word. So when you meet another believer who seems to be stuck in the routine of going to church to be fed the Word of God but then never does anything with what they learn, they just keep coming back week after week at the same feeding time, you may be looking at an ostrich. No matter how big they may seem in people’s eyes, remember this: They still can’t fly like those of you who are eagles. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 Isaiah 40:31

2 New Century Version – redacted by RRS

3 Sandy Warner: Eagle Facts & Parables of Mentoring

4 See 1 Corinthians 11:1

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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