Waiting is the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something).
From the bible, we are been admonish to wait on God like the Eagles. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31; KJV).
Many are familiar with this scripture and have recited it often times, but don’t really know the true meaning. They don’t know what the Eagle Pass through to mount up wings, renew and become full of strength again as it was in the early stage of his life. Let me unveil to you first the life of an Eagle and how to wait on God like the eagle.
Eagles are large, powerfully built birds of prey, with heavy heeds and beaks.
Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large hooked beaks for ripping flesh from their prey, strong muscular legs and powerful talons. The beak is typically heavier than that of most other birds of prey. Eagle’s eyes are extremely powerful. It is estimated that the martial eagle, whose eye is more than twice as long as a human eye has a visual acuity 3.0 to 3.6 times that of humans. This acuity enables eagles to spot potential prey from a very long distance. This keen eyesight is primarily attributed to their extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light.
Eagles normally build their nests called “eyrie” in tall trees or on high cliffs. Many species lay two eggs, but the older, larger chick frequently kills its younger siblings once it has hatched. The dominant chick tends to be a female, as they are bigger than the male. The parents take no action to stop the killing. The type of food they eat varies by genus. They capture various animals and feed on them as prey.
The life of an Eagle
The eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision in its 40th year. In other words, 10years after it should already be dead.
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, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.
Then, the eagle is left with only two options “DIE” or goes through a painful process of “CHANGE”, which lasts 150days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There, the eagle knocks it beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Then, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back.
(“An Eagle’s beak is made of keratin, like human fingernails. Like our fingernails, an eagle’s beak is constantly growing. Eagles tear a tough food and wipe their beaks against hard objects like branches or even rocks to keep them clean. This process also helps keep the beak in magnificent shape throughout an eagle’s entire life.
“The loss of a beak in the wild would be certain death to any bird of prey” ”)
Once the eagles beak begin to grow, then it will pluck out it talons. The talons are also made of keratin, like human fingernails. And so the talons too are constantly growing. Grabbing and killing prey keeps the talons sharp as well as prevents them from becoming too long. If they got soft, there would be something seriously wrong with the bird. The talons are what an eagle uses to catch food. To pluck them out would not only be extremely difficult and painful, but would also take away their ability to provide food for themselves. And, most importantly, when a raptor loses a talon in this way, it is possible it will not grow back and the loss of blood can be horrific. Therefore, it would die of starvation even if it survived the likely infection caused by “plucking out” its talons.
When it new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old, aged feathers. Birds naturally lose their feathers and regrow them in a process called “Molting”. During molting, old feathers naturally fallout and new ones grow to take their place. There is no pulling of the feathers. Some bird’s species do lose most of their feathers at one time and are forced to hide until they grow back, but not raptors like eagles. Flight (wings and tail) feathers drop out one by one and are replaced one by one, not all at once so that it can continue to fly and catch food.
Jerking out its feather could also cause permanent damage to the feather’s follicle, so no feathers grow back. Without feathers, a bird is unable to fly. If they cannot fly they cannot hunt for food or escape predators that cross their path. Both cases would obviously lead to the death of the bird.
And after 5 months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.
“In order to survive we have to start a change process”.
Other Points to note about the Eagles
- Eagles fly alone at a high altitude. Eagles fly with eagles.
- Eagles do not eat dead things. He feeds on fresh prey.
- The eagle is the only bird that loves the storm. The Eagle uses the wings of the storm to rise and is pushed up higher. Once it finds the wing of the storm, the eagle stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar the clouds and glide. This gives an opportunity to rest its wings.
To every creature, God have favourite. The eagle is God’s favourite in birds while the lion is God’s favourite in wild animals. Above all, humans are God’s specialty created in His own image after His likeness. (Gen. 1:26).
Just the way God His, He want us to become like him in all dimensions of life.
“Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind” (Isaiah 40:28-31; KJV)
The scripture above tells us that God is full of strength and does not get tired, He gives strength to those who are weak, tired…
By nature, young people (youth) are known by their strength, but scripture said they still gets tired and dropout, stumble and fall.
Why? It is so simply because they are human. Humans are limited in capacity, strength, so, to become strong and full of strength we need God, beyond needing him we need to wait on Him (stay in one place and anticipate or expect something).
Why do I need to wait upon GOD?
- To get fresh strength
- To fulfill purpose and destiny (they spread their wings and soar like eagles)
- To run the race of life and not get tired
- To walk and don’t lag behind (lag behind means fall back, slow down, fall behind, etc.)
How Do I wait upon GOD?
We are to wait upon God like the eagle!
Looking at the life of an eagle from the afore mentioned, God wants us to experience a rebirth (A spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life = conversion) just like the eagle. As brave as the eagle, powerful, full of strength, etc. it experience (undergo) a Rebirth to fulfill life, remain strong (having strength always), accomplish purpose, remain relevant, to maintain dignity etc.
The Making Process
“The waiting process is the making process”.
Like the eagle who will go waiting to be renew (rebirth) for 150days and after that, come out strong, vibrant, full of strength and life. During those 150days, the eagle does not eat, fly around, and no other eagle visit nor know it where about. It remains isolated and go hiding in one place. Those periods are its death period and after that come out to life, full of evidence of its transformation.
In Acts 2:1-4; (KJV) “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
“There is no waiting without a making!”Jerry Osabuohien Owie
The disciples of Jesus Christ waited upon GOD and they received the promise of Jesus Christ and Isaiah 40:31 was fulfilled in their lives.
Like the Eagle in Waiting
“Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”(PSALM 103:5; KJV)
Believers are to wait upon God following the process of the Eagle’s rebirth.
Things to do:
- Locate a hiding place to wait; He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (KJV)
- Fast and pray; Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21 (KJV)
- Remove your old nature; Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Allow God to do a new thing; Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert. 2Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)