“For God has not
given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”1
An eagle egg was
accidentally knocked out of its nest during a windstorm. It tumbled down to the
ground, landing softly on a bed of pine straw. Nearby was a turkey nest, and
when the mama turkey saw the egg, she assumed that one of hers had been
misplaced, and simply rolled it over into her nest. A few weeks later, the eggs
hatched, and the chicks were born – all within a couple of days of each other.
The mother didn’t really notice any difference in the chicks – she was just
happy to have eight new babies. You can see where this story is going - this
eagle grew up with a bunch of turkeys.
Even though it was
created and born an eagle, it grew up with a turkey identity. It learned the
art of foraging on the ground and climbing shrubs or small trees to feed. It
lived on a diet of acorns, nuts, roots, and bugs. Rather than spreading its
wings and soaring in the air, this eagle with a turkey identity spent its time
on the ground. When a predator would come, rather than taking off in flight –
or using his war-crafted talons to fight – this eagle would do what the other
turkeys were doing – it would scurry off along the ground in fear.
This eaglet, created
to be powerful and majestic, had no way of knowing its full potential, until one
day, this little eagle heard a sound it had never heard before. From way up in
the sky, it heard the sound of an eagle call. As it looked up at the big, blue
sky, the little eagle wondered at its grandeur as he saw a beautiful bird soar
above, and in that moment, something began to stir in him. He had been living
on the ground in fear of other creatures, but suddenly his heart swelled with
love for what he saw, and he felt powerful knowing he should be gracing the
skies as well.
We may live in fear of
things that are greater than us, but God wills for us to claim His power and
become great for His glory! Look up and see what great things God has stored
for you today. Claim the name of Jesus and overcome those unknown fears that
may be keeping you on the ground. Today is the day to soar!
Suggested Prayer: Dear
God, sometimes I find myself feeling trapped; following the crowd and
conforming to the world around me. Today I look up and claim your Spirit of
power to have the courage to step out of my comfort zone and be what you created
me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen