Tuesday, April 27, 2010

To Soar Like Eagles

An eagle's eye
Did you know that eagles are capable of seeing fish swimming from several hundred feet above the water? Since most fish are counter-shaded, meaning they are darker on top and thus harder to see from above, this is quite an extraordinary feat. Ask any fisherman how difficult it is to see a fish swim just below the surface from a boat deck, let alone from several hundred feet.

Eagles, like all birds, have colour vision. Their eyes are almost as large as a human's, but their sharpness is at least four times that of a person with perfect vision.

The eagle can identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means that an eagle flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost three square miles from a fixed position. Incredible is the vision of an eagle!

Eagles in a storm
Did you know that an eagle can detect when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? It will actually fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.

When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm.

Isn't that remarkable? While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above. It does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. What an extraordinary way to deal with adversity!

Here is something to think about: when the eagle flies above the storm, it is in a sense overcoming it. But it does so in the most interesting way: it uses the strength of the storm to rise above it!

"We are more than conquerors; we are overcomers!"

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