God likens his children to eagles; they soar in the heavens with long range vision and are not tied down to the cluck and chatter of the chicken yard. But there is an aspect to the eagle’s life that is not so well known and that being the stage of moulting.
The eagle has matured in his strength and glory; he rides the air currents with his honed skill and precision. It seems timeless but then strange things begin to appear, the old eagle’s feathers are starting to be weighed down with dirt and oil, diving on his prey it is making a whistling sound. He is starting to lose some of his feathers and he doesn’t look quite as majestic as he once did. His beak and talons are becoming encrusted with calcium deposits and his vision is not as sharp as it should be. He is not flying high as he once did but is lingering among the lower roosts. As he spirals down he becomes weaker until at last he is earth bound, vulnerable and defenseless. Unable to hunt and sustain himself he will surely die. But then a glorious thing begins to unfold, other eagles flying high in the sky seeing their earth bound brother drop food and scream sounds of encouragement. The old eagle looks up and takes courage and starts to fight back against this besetting enemy. He begins to scrape his beak against the rocks trying to clear the deposits. He knows he must as he scratches with his talons trying to restore their usefulness. Slowly he starts to pull himself out of despair. New feathers are growing in, new talons replacing the old worn nubs, chipping away the scale from his beak, he is eating now more aggressively of the offerings from his kin. He stretches his wings, feeling his renewed strength. He is coming out of his slump with zeal he has never known before. Finally when he takes to the skies he is now a stronger and sharper bird than ever before. He too now can have compassion on his downed brothers to help where he has gone before.
This trial was deep and not all are able to pass through but to those that do they come out better and stronger than before.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: