In the years in which I lived in Alaska, spring could be slow to arrive in the higher elevations.  As I hiked a portion of the trail south of Anchorage along Turnagain Arm from Indian to Bird at this time a number of years ago, several things quickly grabbed my attention.  Buds finally bursting out of the trees and plants.  The snow covered peaks shimmering in the bright sun.  The fast flowing water and the tides in Turnagain Arm.  But there was one thing that stuck out to me.  The screeching and soaring of almost more bald eagles than I could count.  They were on a quest, with their sharp eyes and just as sharp claws, to find dinner.  Seeing groups of them soaring above Turnagain Arm was an incredible sight.

Besides their good sight, the Bible says several other things about eagles; the strength of their wings and the swiftness of flight, among others.  All of this was known to the ancient Romans who chose the “Aquila,” the eagle, as a symbol on the standards of their legions.

Through Moses, God reminded His people, “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.” (Exodus 19:4) It was as though God had used eagles as His air force to deliver His people from bondage.  The goodness of God to each of us as individuals is described in Psalm 103.  “He satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  The reference is probably to an eagle renewing its life through molting.

What people have perhaps most admired about eagles is their ability to soar majestically at high altitudes.  As they rise high above they can help direct our sight to heaven above.  This may be the reason why John’s Gospel is symbolized by an eagle.  Someone has said, “From first to last his gospel soars on eagles’ wings to the throne of heaven.”  He began the gospel on a quite lofty word.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  (John 1:1) Grace and truth.  The love of God bringing salvation.  Forgiveness.  Eternal life.  This all comes to us through Jesus, the Son of God offered on Calvary’s cross for our sins.  What incredible gifts for you and me as God’s children today.  Believing in Jesus as God’s eternal Word enables us to soar like eagles on the wings of faith. 


From one who sees eagles soar and is reminded of the hope we have in Jesus,

Pastor Steve