Ok, I know this isn’t everybody’s idea of fun. But this is me and how I get rid of stress … ride around the countryside or city or whatever side I’m on with my camera.
Last week I had a break from my regular chemo treatments ( a break that I don’t think will last too long and the first I’ve had since October), so I wanted to get out of the house and get some “air into my musty brain.”
So this week? Why not drive to the Mississippi River? Being fairly fatigued lately, I wasn’t sure I was up to it, so I found a friend to go with me … just in case. Our goal? To find some eagles … even though I know where an eagle’s nest is just a few miles away from where we live, I found it a lot more adventurous to drive across the state.
Although the trip was fun, my strength stayed strong, and we were glad we went, the sky was pewter gray — not great for taking pictures of birds that are hidden in trees. We did see about six different eagles and got up close and personal to the river, but the pictures on this post are from a similar trip I took a few years back.
Now, I knew there were verses in the Bible about eagles and the whole road trip made me think about them and what eagles signify to the believer.
So here are some eagle facts. Most relate to God’s Word, a few are simply interesting.
- Bald eagles are native to North America, but there are about 60 species of eagles in the world. Meaning that the eagle talked about in the Bible is not a bald eagle (even though that’s what many of us think of when we think of eagles and that’s what we see in pictures that illustrate verses about eagles.)
- Eagles are mentioned in Leviticus 11:13 in a list of unclean birds. Why unclean? Because they could carry diseases that were dangerous to humans. God protected the Israelites.
- An eagle named Peter Jefferson (back in 1836) hung around the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia and somehow got into the building one day and decided to stay. During the day he flew around inside. At night they let him out to fly around the city. Until one day his wing got caught in a coining press. Peter was the model used as the American eagle on some of our coins. And when he died, he was mounted and displayed in the building. You can still see him (so the internet says) to this day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_(eagle)
- Eagles were a symbol of power in ancient Rome. Every legion carried a standard depicting an eagle.
- Eagles caring for their young is a picture describing God, the protector, in Deuteronomy 32:11,
- Eagles also symbolize power in Job 9:26 and Jeremiah 48:40.
- Eagles don’t flap their wings when they fly, but use wind currents. Sometimes they perch in a tree for hours, waiting for the right current. We, too, cannot “move” on our own power, but need the power of the Holy Spirit within us.
- Eagles are used as indication of God’s creation – Proverbs 30:19.
- Eagles are one of the highest flying birds – Isaiah 40:31. (Check out this video of an eagle in Dubai. They put a camera on him and had him take off from Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building. He soars down and lands on his trainer’s arm – amazing. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=eagle+in+dubai
- Eagles mate for life
- Eagles really do have “eagle eyes” and see four to eight times further than a human.
But they who wait for 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. (Isaiah 40:31)