Thursday, March 15, 2007

Fly Like an Eagle, Sort of

"But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired."
-Isaiah 40:31 (NKJ Amplified)

At church a couple of weeks ago, pastor gave a powerful message based on this passage. In particular, he emphasized the importance of being eagles, and the implications that being "eagle people" has for our lives. He mentioned that the strength of their wings and the fact that they fly alone. With regards to their wing strength, it is important to always be aware of our own weaknesses as individuals, and that it is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to triumph ("soar") in a given situation. In terms of flying alone, pastor just as eagles fly alone, we as Christians, because we are in the world but not of it, must sometimes stand alone and face ostracism (i.e. there are just some things that, because we know Christ, we can no longer get down with). Although we may feel alone, however, we are never actually alone because God is and will always be with us. He is the very reason we fly.

While realizing the importance of being "eagle-minded" and what the eagle symbolizes, I couldn't help but think of
  • Nelly's "Flap Your Wings"
  • The more I thought about it, the more I realized that song's purpose, content, and images are the antithesis of what the pastor was talking about with regards to being "eagle-minded." As Christians, flying high as eagles means that we walk in authority knowing that we are children of God. One of the most important components of "flying high" means that we have respect for ourselves, as well as confidence knowing that God made us "the head and not the tail." However, "Flap Your Wings" tells women to "drop down," while dancing in a degrading manner. I know the value of freedom of expression, but I have a problem with "expressing" themes that do not build up the self. I'm not trying to hate, but then I am. We have to be careful of the images we put forth and the themes we promote. More times than not, the implications of our words and actions extend past our immediate surroundings, sometimes taking on a life of their own.

    What are your thoughts on Isaiah 40:31, and on what it means to be an eagle?
    What do you think of the "Flap Your Wings" video?
    Any connections between the two?

    Stay blessed and until next time, speekonit...


    Anonymous said...

    Being the schola' that I am, I looked up "eagle" on, and here's what it had to say:

    "Eagles are differentiated from other broad-winged birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and bill. Even the smallest eagles, like the Booted Eagle (which is comparable in size to a Common Buzzard or Red-tailed Hawk), have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, faster flight. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from the vultures.

    Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs, and powerful talons. They also have extremely keen eyesight to enable them to spot potential prey from a very long distance. This keen eyesight is primarily contributed by their extremely large pupils which cause minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light.

    In Britain before 1678, Eagle referred specifically to the Golden Eagle, the other native species, the White-tailed Eagle, being known as the Erne. The modern name "Golden Eagle" for Aquila chrysaetos was introduced by the naturalist John Ray.

    Eagles build their nests, which are sometimes called eyries in tall trees or on high cliffs."

    So, clearly, eagles are...all that! They have impeccable eyesight, unmatched strength, gigantic wings, and can reach untold heights. To me, this means that as we continue to rely on God for our strength, he will renew us, and we will "Fly like an eagle" (Seal reference), high above problems, challenges, predators, and anything else that would try to harm or shake us. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

    Thanks Thoughtz for reminding me of what an awesome God we serve.

    Anonymous said...

    I wanna be an eagle for Christ!!!! :). Thanks Big Bro

    Unknown said...

    Thanks for the love. I see you getting your "scholar on, lol...