The Eagle That Cackled
Those who wait on the LORD will . . . fly high on wings like eagles
There are different versions of this story, but they all make an excellent spiritual point.
This version is different from the one I previously shared and involves an old Indian man who found an eagle's egg, which he placed into a nest of prairie chickens. The eagle hatched with the chicks and grew up with them.
Thinking he was a chicken, the eagle did what the chickens did. He scratched in the dirt for seeds and insects. He clucked and he cackled. He flew in a brief thrashing of wings and a flurry of feathers, but he never got more than a few feet off the ground because he thought he was just a prairie chicken and wasn't supposed to fly.
As time passed, the eagle matured. One day he looked up into the sky, and high above him he saw a magnificent bird hanging with graceful majesty on the powerful currents of air. He marveled at how the bird soared with scarcely a beat of its wings.
"What a beautiful bird," the eagle clucked to his prairie chicken neighbors. "What is it?"
"That's an eagle -- chief of all birds," cackled one of the chickens. "But don't you give it another thought. You could never be like him."
And so the eagle, thinking he was just a prairie chicken and not able to soar into the heights, lived his life groveling and picking at the ground, never experiencing the exhilaration of flight and the majesty which was his by birthright.
Tragically, this is the picture of the average Christian today. With the ability to "mount up with wings like eagles" as Isaiah wrote in chapter 40, verse 31, many are content to grovel in their problems and pick at their misfortunes when God wants us to rise into the heavenlies on the wings of praise and soar far above our circumstances in the glorious majesty of His presence, where our Lord Jesus is seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), and where we are seated with Him (Ephesians 2:6).
But God reveals a different identity for those who trust in His Son and are committed to Him. We are created in His image, adopted into His heavenly family, are citizens of His eternal Kingdom, and He has endued us with power from on high to be His servants.
God created us to soar with Him, not grovel!
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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