Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Eagle's wings

You know how sometimes you read a Bible passage and even though you know you've read it before, oftentimes on multiple occasions, your eyes are opened to it in an entirely new way and you wonder where it's been all your life.  Today was one of those days.

He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Psalm 91:4

The Lord has had a lot to say to me lately about His love.  His love for me, His love for those who love Him and His love for those who do not know His love.

There is no way I could recount the number of times I've heard of the Lord described as having wings like eagle's.  And honestly, that's probably why my eyes weren't completely opened until recently as to what a beautiful picture that really is.  "Eagle's wings" is kind of a common descriptor of God and, sadly, those common phrases are the ones that I need to reflect on the most.  Because I've been in Christian circles most of my life, there are words and phrases such as this that do not cause me to be in awe of the God who spoke them.  The God who describes Himself in such unique and beautiful ways.

What do these eagle's wings say about our great God?

I love John MacArthur's words on the subject in his commentary on Deuteronomy:
The Lord exercised His loving care for Israel like an eagle caring for its young, especially as they were taught to fly.  As they began to fly and had little strength, they would start to fall.  At that point, an eagle would stop their fall by spreading its wings so they could land on them; so the Lord has carried Israel and not let the nation fall.  He has been training Israel to fly on His wings of love and omnipotence.
Until recently, when I've pictured the eagle spoken of in Scripture, I've just pictured the bird itself.  I've thought nothing of it's qualities as a parent, the way it cares for it's young.  The way when they jump to learn to fly for the first time, they fall.  But they are protected by their loving parent.  They are not left to fall to the ground.  They are allowed to fall just far enough that they are reminded that their parent delights in catching them.  And so they jump again, each time gaining more strength as they continue to place their faith in their parent to be their refuge.  Until one day they can fly in freedom knowing that their parent is the one who enabled them to fly.

And so today I am thankful that God, the ultimate parent, has given me the protection that only His wings can provide...everlasting shelter.  That when things look scary it's okay because I only see a little portion of His great plan.  Never will I fall from the refuge of His mighty wings.

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
Deuteronomy 32:11

Never will I read a passage about eagle's wings in the same way again.  Thanking God for his continued mercy in my life, gracing me with new eyes each day when I seek Him.


  1. Hello long lost friend and colleague! I'm sitting at my desk in tears. WOW. So beautiful. So amazing.


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