I love to watch documentaries. Recently, while viewing a program on Bald Eagles in North America, I learned some interesting facts and a very insightful characteristic about their behavior which I thought illustrated what Christians should do in their own lives.
Did you know that at one point there were approximately 400 mating pairs left in the lower 48 due to pollution from pesticides and other issues? That’s right! This beautiful bird was in danger of going extinct, but thankfully it is not so now. God, in his providential care, has let man learn the error of his ways. The eagle population is thriving due to strict laws and the utilization of better practices of man.
Anyone who has personally seen Bald Eagles, in the wild, knows that they can grow to be rather large creatures. It is an interesting thing to me that because of their great size they limit their reaction to certain behavior by others. For example, when other birds, such as crows, get near them, they simply fly away. Instead of expending vital energy on chasing away the crow, it is more fruitful to leave.
There is a lesson to be learned here. You and I do not need to chase away the “crows” in our life. We should simply walk away! Every time we try to reason and defend ourselves we are wasting precious time and energy. The Apostle Paul faced many trials in his life. Under Inspiration of the Holy Ghost, He wrote these precious words in Romans 12:19, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
As the crown of God’s Creation, and as His child, we would better serve ourselves by letting God take care of those aggravating “crows”. The eagle could make minced meat of that crow in a second, but he chooses to let the crow have the platform for the moment. Yes, you and I could put people in their place, would more than likely win the argument, and/or could inflict pain in retaliation for their actions toward us, but what purpose would that serve?
The eagle’s way… might I say, “God’s Way” is the best way! Stop chasing crows and soar above. Enjoy the freedom of Providence!