The Mother Eagle: A Picture of God in the Bible
We often see God as a father figure. We call Him Father. We mistakenly picture Him as the stern elderly bearded man sitting on his lofty chair waiting to punish His erring children. But God isn’t like that. He is a loving a father – the best that we can ever have.
But don’t you know that God also has motherly qualities?
A lot of references in the Scriptures points to the maternal role of God toward us – His people. One of them is that of a mother eagle. Let’s read it in Deuteronomy 32:11:
“As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings”
The Trials of the Young Eagles
God is like a mother eagle that protects her youngs for a short while. When the right time comes, the mother eagle has to stir the nest. Why does she has to do that? It’s because she wants her younglings to learn how to fly – fly majestically up towards the sky. (It’s amazing to know that eagles are the only kind of creatures that can fly above the storm while other birds flee away looking for a place of safety.)
By stirring up and slowly taking the nest apart which is located on high cliffs, her younglings will feel discomfort and they will be forced to get out of the protection of the nest. They will be forced to sleep on the hard rocks which is of course, uncomfortable. But they have to live with it. They may see it harsh but the Mother Eagle knows best. She knows this is necessary for them to become the ruling creatures of the air when they become fully-grown adult eagles.
Learning How to Fly High
A few days later, the mother eagle will take one of the young eagles for a ride over the beautiful valley. While enjoying the breath-taking sights, the young eagle will find himself free-falling to the ground because he’s been deliberately drop off by his mother. Upon realizing this, the young eagle begins to flap its wings as instincts dictate – this makes the young eagle fly a little further on his own.
The mother, who is watching the whole thing, suddenly swoops underneath and she will catch her free-falling young on her back. She repeats this process again and again until the young eagle learns how to fly high on his own.
God wants His Children to Grow Mature
The same thing also applies to God’s children. He wants us to learn, grown and become mature Christians. He wants us to become persons that can go beyond the problems and storms of life. That’s why if you find yourself in discomforting or troubling situations, know that God is dealing with you. He wants you to have your hearts changed and your thoughts and actions become like that of Jesus’.
If He sees you really need some help, He will suddenly swoop underneath you and catch you like the mother eagle does to her free-falling youngling. Until you learn how to fly high, this process will continue to go on again and again.
Always remember that God unconditionally loves you just as the mother loves her children. This is what He has to say:
Can a mother forget her nursing baby and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget, but I will never forget You!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my Hands”
~ Isaiah 49:15-16
Please do listen to some of our Mother’s Day Songs here.
Happy Mother’s Day!