Good morning! It is Friday, August 20, 2021
I have mentioned before that I lived on a floating logging camp in Alaska as a child. It was a wonderful lifestyle.
The older kids would build wooden rafts and we would play in the calm water between camp and shore. We would fish for halibut, right off the dock. We picked Wild Alaskan Cotton, watched beavers build their dam, watched bears rummaging for dinner in the dump. Dad would take us in his boat and we explored inlets, glaciers, small islands and hunters cabins.
It was on once such excursion that my dad rescued a bald eagle. It is so vivid in my memory.
We were putting along in the boat, close to the rocky shoreline, when we noticed a commotion. A bald eagle was trying to take flight but was obviously trapped or stuck. It would flap its wings frantically but there was no lift-off.
My dad maneuvered the boat as close as he could get to shore and grabbing his thick, heavy work gloves, he climbed out of the boat and waded to shore.
The eagle had its talons stuck in the rocks; its mate was circling overhead. My dad put on his gloves and carefully, from behind, pulled that eagle free. My mom took a picture of my dad holding the eagle with both hands, just above the talons. The eagle has his wings spread in the photo, a good 6 to7-foot wingspan. A smile a mile-wide was spread across my dad’s face as he laughingly shouted “Now, what do I do?”
Finally, with a mighty shove heaven-ward, he heaved the eagle skyward with all his might and the just like that, the eagle was free.
My dad discovered the eagle was trying to get a fish caught in the rocks, but the eagle became ensnared as well. The tide was coming in and daddy knew that if he did not free that eagle, it would drown.
Satan so often sets up snares for us and we so often take the bait. We find ourselves stuck on that rocky shoreline with the tide coming in; but Jesus says, ‘here, let me walk to you. Let me free you from the thing that will drown you if you keep hanging on to it.’
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1 Timothy 6:9 New King James Version
As my dad climbed back in the boat, we watched the eagle and its mate fly off together.
My parents took that opportunity to explain to me that eagles mate for life and chances are that if the male eagle had died, the female would have spent the rest of her life without a mate. It made a huge impression on me. My dad was already my hero, but that act of the freeing the eagle really cemented things in my young mind.
Now since that time, 50 years ago, a lot of research has been done on eagles. And in fact, if their mate dies, they might find another mate, but that day is forever a part of who I am.
I was once a drug abuser, but God, in His tender mercy, freed me from that snare of addiction. I am a new creature because of His interference in my life. I was that eagle trapped, with my fingers clutched around the very thing that would kill me. I was that eagle on the rocky shoreline of life when God took pity on me and saved me!
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped! - Psalm 124:7 English Standard Version
Have a blessed day my friends! And remember, Jesus loves you!