The Life of an Eagle and Why Humans Are Very Similiar.......

The Life of an Eagle and Why Humans Are Very Similiar. When one begins to research the life of an eagle they can end up with all sorts of fascinating thoughts. The eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. In its 40′s its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts for 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers. And after five months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years. What an inspiring story. What could be our application of this? Renewing one's strength on the mountaintop may be rather painful, but needful. As we grow deeper within our selves we see that much of our lives are like an eagles. We discover we are weak in need of eating and applying spiritual knowledge as norishment, as our spiritual food. We observe that our sharp beaks often speak things they should not; and that our aged lives are more weighed down with karma than we ever imagined. However we can reside in the abundant grace of the nest of maturity, and at times we may soar, and fly high and see things with the keen eyes of the eagle , and at other times we will nest and we will grow though the cycles of maturity.
The following is from the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee, in conjunction with Arizona Bald Eagle Management Program. They state:

In their five-year development to adulthood, bald eagles go through one of the most varied plumage changes of any North American bird. During its first four weeks of life, an eaglet's fluffy white down changes to a gray wooly down. At about five weeks, brown and black feathers begin to grow. It becomes fully feathered at 10 weeks of age. In its first year, the mostly dark-colored juvenile can often be mistaken as a golden eagle. However, the bald eagle progressively changes until it reaches adult plumage at five years. ... see how its beak changes form gray-black to a vibrant yellow. It is believed that the darker, more mottled plumage of a young eagle serves as camouflage, while the white head and tail announce that it is of breeding age.
This is a brief version of how an eagle matures according to at least three other journals as well that I have read. We can also make some references to the bible for some comparisons in similiarities, and connections to this eagle story. [and I think that some Christians did just that as shown here] We can make some biblical applications here. As an eagle goes through the different life stages, new feathers have already been planned for and are graciously provided by their Father who sees to the needs of his creation in advance. This is similar to how our youth is "renewed like the eagles." 1 John reveals we grow from children to young men to fathers (1 John 2:12-14). God provides for renewal (a plumage of change per se) of his children as they mature. We are reminded of this is several passages of Scripture. God reminds us that our new plumage (new feathers of maturity) is part and parcel of our natural growth cycle "in him"; that he indeed is the one doing the work within us:

Exodus 19:3-4 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles wings and brought you to myself."
Ezra 1:5 Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites - everyone whose heart God had moved - prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

While God tells us that we already have feathers, and that we will put on newer ones as we mature in Christ, he also tells us that we should desire new feathers. Part and parcel of the evidence of our salvation is that we have new desires - new desires to grow and be more like God (Rom. 8:5-8; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 5:1):
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:23 be made new in the attitude of your minds.

Colossians 3:10 ...and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. [ many of us are going though these changing experiences right now]

So, true Christians will mount up with wings of eagles as they grow in Christ; they will soar to new heights, be conformed into the image of God's Son, be resurrected up in the last day with Christ. Desiring to grow and change is evidence of our past salvation, present sanctification, and the future glorified state as opposed to our depravity (Rom. 8:5-8; 1 Cor. 2:14). Paul wrote in Romans 8:29-30: "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." He then explains in Philippians 1:6 that we can be "confident of this, that he who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus". Also, John wrote: "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure" (1 John 3:2-3).
The life of an eagle can have some application for the Christian. We are saved, are being saved, and will be saved - our plumage is in a constant state of renewal and change. But one thing that does not change is that we are already eagles in that "if God be for us, who can be against us" (Rom. 8:35-39).
We have the spirit of the Eagle in our DNA also, and this is the real connection. We are truely free if we choose to be, and to live in a christ- like manner of living, and loving in sisterhood, and in brotherhood for we are all related, and connected. To murder other is to murder your self. We do not need a religion for this, we can make a conscious effort to live our lives this way regardless of what our governments choose to do. We do not have to pick up arms/weapons against each other, and follow in their footsteps. We can, and we should walk in our own paths. People must put down the weapons, and use love, and kindness instead. Love Is The Key.

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