The Eagle
spoken of in Deut. 32:11. "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young,
while they were passing through the wilderness; does it not also well express his
kindness to us?
These birds fly very swiftly, and you will find verses in the Bible that speak of this.
One is the forty-ninth verse of the twenty-eighth chapter of Deuteronomy. "The Lord
shall bring a nation against thee from far, as swift as the eagle flieth." In another
place it is said, "His horses are swifter than eagles." Job says, "My days are swifter
than a post, (or post-rider;) they are passed away as the swift ships, as an eagle that
hasteth to the prey."
The eye of the eagle is very curious. It has something like an inner eyelid, only it is
very thin; and the eagle can draw this over its eye, like a curtain, whenever there is
too much light. You have heard perhaps that it can look directly at the bright sun; and
this is the reason. It can see a great deal farther than we can; and when it is very
high in the air, so that it would look to you but little larger than a speck, it often sees
some small animal on the ground and flies down to catch it.
verses of the thirty-ninth chapter of Job: "Doth the eagle mount up at thy command
and make her nest on high? She dwelleth and abideth upon the rock, upon the crag of
the rock, and the strong place. From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold
afar off. Her young ones also suck up blood; and where the slain are, there is she."
The eagle lives a great many years; sometimes more than seventy, I believe. It sheds
its feathers every spring, and new ones come out; then it looks like a young bird. This
is why David says in the Psalms, "Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that
in Isaiah, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount
in Isaiah, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount
up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
How blessed and happy a thing it is to be a christian indeed! to "wait upon the Lord"
every day for the strength we need; and to be always preparing for that world where
the inhabitants are for ever young, for ever active, for ever holy, for ever happy.