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Like a Mother Eagle By Pastor Rick Mensing

“As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings, so the Lord alone did lead him.” --Deuteronomy 32:11-12 KJV

Sitting out in the wilderness one day, meditating on what life was all about, quite ready to adjust himself to the few responsibilities which his exile called for, Moses observed a mother eagle with her young. The little birds were content to watch their mother fly, but had not the slightest intention of trying out their own wings. Then the great eagle took them out of their nest for training. The young birds flew. They had to. They had been thrown out of their nest by their mother! When the new flight recruits grew tired, the mother swept below to let them rest on her strength. Years later, Moses saw in his own development as God’s servant, that the Lord’s ways were wiser than his own. We too must learn this lesson.

God, like a mother eagle, spills us out of our nest of self satisfaction, yet always puts underneath us His everlasting arms so that we do not perish. As we become upset because of the rough going, God leads us again and again to Calvary to let us see that He still loves us and wants us to grow in faith and grace. God does not carry us to the skies on flowery beds of ease, but He does want to save us eternally. So He disciplines us in time that we may have pleasure forever and ever in glory.

This message is especially important for us to embrace whether as a father, to whom we extend a very heartfelt Happy Father’s Day this month, or as a mother, a citizen, a worker, a neighbor, a congregational member. The world throws many hardships our way. The incidents in Uvalde, TX certainly have taken our breath away and have caused much anguish of heart and mind. It is so important to remember in all ages and stages and events of life, the promise of our Lord to sustain us into eternity. That does not preclude us from experiencing the harsh realities of a sin-sick world.

In regard to those taken to their eternal home prior to what would seem to be right or appropriate in our eyes, the Lord reminds us, “The righteous person perishes, and no one takes it to heart; And devout people are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous person is taken away from evil, He enters into peace; they rest in their beds, each one who walked in His upright way.” Isaiah 57:1-2

In regard to our daily walk, we like Moses rejoice in the fact that the Lord lifts us up as on eagle’s wings (Isaiah 40:31).  He will renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31).  We will live in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6).

In Christ, Pastor Rick