Tuesday, June 15, 2010

the eagle and the fish

I have been fascinated to watch a bald eagle swoop down to catch a fish.  It turns out that, from their perch high above the water, the eagle can spot a fish from a mile away.  They don't actually dive into the water so they can only catch fish that are just below the surface with their powerful talons.  They generally catch fish like catfish that are downward looking because these fish can't see the eagle coming.  They catch and kill their prey with the puncturing grip of the talons.  Small fish are swallowed whole and the eagles have powerful beaks that can break up larger fish into bite-sized portions.  Eagles don't know where their next meal will come from and they are able to store food in a special place called the "crop" for up to a week.  They can gradually digest the contents of the crop over that time.  You might say that there are a few spiritual lessons from the eagle and the fish.  The lesson of the eagle is to gain a good vantage point to maximize their opportunity to see, find and feed to survive.  We need to put ourselves in a strong position to see God's truth and find our spiritual food.  We need to meditate on God's word and store it in our hearts and minds for the dry times, when we haven't caught a spiritual "fish" for a while.  I suppose the lesson of the fish is simple:  "Look up"!!  Sometimes we are the eagle and sometimes we are the fish.  Fortunately, the Lord owns the pond.
Job 9:25 "My days are swifter than a runner;
       they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

 26 They skim past like boats of papyrus,
       like eagles swooping down on their prey."


blessings (hope your day is more joyful than Job's!),


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