You’re an eagle not a turkey!

One reason my wife and I love this time of the winter is because it’s when the bald eagles come out in force. It’s mating time for the young eagles and nesting time for all. There’s a city park in our town along the Mississippi River where you can see them by the dozens (sometimes all in one tree!). I’ve included some pictures we shot from this park last year. We often go there to watch them put on their show–the older ones keep their vigilance, the young ones vie for future mates, soaring, shrieking and swooping in epic battles over the ducks in the water below. It’s an eco-wonderland and they’re such a beautiful and majestic bird. Who needs cable TV!

Eagles around here typically lay eggs in mid-late February and the eggs hatch in mid-late March. The eaglets grow quickly and are ready to fly “fledge” in late May or early June.

You can actually see a live-streaming video of two eagles nesting and raising their family on a local site about an hour from us by going to t”Decorah Eagle Cam.” You can follow this eagle family 24/7 through this whole process. I included a clip below. As I write this, they’re getting the nest ready for their family. But I will warn you, it can be a bit graphic at times (they’ll bring just about anything home to eat if they’re hungry enough).

DSCF1559A few Bald Eagle facts
The female Bald Eagle is 35 to 37 inches high (0.9 meters), slightly larger than the male. Their wingspan ranges from 72 to 90 inches (1.8 to 2.3 meters).

Of all birds in the world, Bald Eagles hold the record for the biggest nest ever built. One nest in Florida was 6.1 meters deep, 2.9 meters wide, and weighed 2,722 kg (almost 3 tons).  Bald Eagles can live up to 30 years or older and can use the same nest their entire lifetime. They will have the same mate for life, usually laying one to three eggs per year. Both the father and mother share equally in the family duties.

IMAG0845Bald Eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph, much faster on descent. Hunting area varies from 1,700 to 10,000 acres. Our local eagles have been tracked travelling as far as the Arctic Circle and back more than once in a season. All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight, being able to see their prey from as far away as two miles. They prefer fish, but as you might be able to make out from this picture, they don’t mind a duck or a coot (mud hen) on the menu.

Bald Eagles-PDC, WIYou were meant to be an eagle!
First, I believe the Scripture likens us to eagles. We see this in the very popular verse in Isaiah…

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

With waiting comes His strength. The context here is waiting on God to receive HIS strength (Isaiah 40:29-30), and in His strength we can soar to great heights above our circumstances.

Where do you look in the storm?
When the storm comes, eagles will fly high above the clouds, soaring into the heavenly realm where there is peace and the power of the air currents to sustain them. Their view of life is from heaven to earth.

A turkey, on the other hand, stays on the ground, held down by gravity, looking for a place to hide or be a victim of the storm. Their view is always from earth to heaven. The fury of the storm pelts them and rushes down upon them. Incredibly, they’ve been known to respond to the storm by looking up with their mouth open and they actually drown!

So, which response describes your view in the “storms” of your life?

Are you living like an eagle or a turkey? Are you living in the air currents of God’s strength and peace that comes from waiting on Him, having His view of things, soaring far above your circumstances with Christ? Or is your life defined by reacting to circumstances with a human-based “ground view,” being pelted and overwhelmed by the rains of life, often even drowning in them?

It’s really your choice which way you look. However, one way takes faith to believe what  God says about you, and other comes natural to the “old you” that identifies itself with its circumstances.

Beloved, you are NOT a turkey, you are an eagle!
You were meant to fly in the heavenly realms with God (Eph.2:6).  You were not destined to “drown” in your circumstances, but to rise above them, in the midst of them. For your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col.3:3).

Yes, Jesus said we would have trouble in this world, but He also said that He has overcome the world (John 16:33), and you are in Him.

Meet Mom and Dad at Decorah Eagle Cam!


About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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7 Responses to You’re an eagle not a turkey!

  1. “You were not destined to “drown” in your circumstances, but to rise above them, in the midst of them. For your life is hidden with Christ in God” Wow. This is so powerful! Great analogy Mel. It’s so important to remember who we are in Christ and live our life from His perspective rather than our own.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks. Much appreciated. Yes, it’s critically important to our well-being and living where Christ put us. We talked about this at our Monday night men’s group this week. That our only struggle is to abide in who we are and where we are in Christ. Because the overcoming life only comes from this perspective.

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  3. Heidi Viars says:

    So glad you shared those amazing pictures and wonderful illustration 🙂 Stay warm, brother!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks. I don’t think either I or the eagles will be on that particular spot any time soon! It’s been colder than normal this winter and it’s still frozen solid. We’re hoping for warmer days by the end of this month when the eagles normally start gathering there.

  4. Hi Mel- I just listened to a podcast by Jentezen Franklin titled “The Way of the Eagle”. It reminded me of this post! Thought you might want to listen to it if you ever have a spare moment. 🙂 Be blessed!

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