Our last devotional started with the question “Who are you? No really, who are you?” and the scripture was “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Our illustration was about an eagle that lived among chickens and so believed it was a chicken, trying to cluck and clack like a chicken.
One of our subscribers/readers sent me a variant of the same fable so in today’s devotional, I want to draw from that illustration. Dr. Kwagyir Aggrey who was famous for his witty and epigrammatic sayings is the source of the variation in the “Eagle among the Chicken” story. By the way, Dr. Aggrey was one of the leading figures in the history of education in Africa, and was also noted as a great sociologist, orator, preacher, and a far-sighted politician. An intellectual, he was a native of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), then later immigrated to the United States only to return to Africa for several years.
Dr. Aggrey’s version of the “Eagle among the Chicken” story goes like this.
A certain man found a young eagle. He took it home and put it in his barnyard where it soon learned to eat chicken feed and to behave as chickens behave. The young eagle grew among its chicken peers and pecked with them. A naturalist visiting the farm and upon seeing the eagle among the chicks, inquired of the owner why it was that an eagle, the king of all birds, should be confined to live in the barnyard with the chickens.
“Well, it has never learned to fly,” replied the owner. “It behaves as chickens behave, so it is no longer an eagle.” “Still,” insisted the naturalist, “it has the heart of an eagle and can surely be taught to fly.”
After talking it over, the two men agreed to find out whether this was possible. Gently, the naturalist picked it up and proceeded to address it thus: “You are an eagle, the sky is yours, not the ground among common chicken, fly away to your heavenly abode!” The eagle, however, was confused; it did not know who it was, and seeing the chickens eating their feed, it jumped down to be with them again. The visitor picked it up again and repeated this command twice, and twice the eagle descended onto the floor and continued to eat as its chicken companions.
On the third day, the naturalist rose early and took the eagle out of the barnyard to a high mountain. There, he held the king of birds high above him and encouraged him again, saying, “You are an eagle. You belong to the sky as well as the earth. Stretch forth your wings now, and fly.” Upon that command, the eagle looked up and, seeing other eagles flying there, flew high up and was gone, never to return among the chickens on the ground again!
What is the message in this variation? There is a correlation and that is that when we listen to the call from above, and heed it, we will mount up with wings as eagles,Isaiah 40:31. God is the Potter and we are the clay. He knows how he’s fashioned each one of us and what gifts and talents He has endowed each one of us. Now, let me ask the same question that I asked last Sunday. Does that describe you? Are you ready to heed the call of Christ? Are you aware that as a born again Christian, you were born for the sky? God has called each one of His children to live in the heights. But what do we see now? Many of us believers just huddle together in the barnyard like chicks, contentedly pecking and clucking and scurrying around for the safety of our education, relationships, families, our finances, our careers and our comfortable crumbs of faith.
Like the naturalist to the eagle, God is telling us that 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, they shall walk and not faint, Isaiah 40:31. Look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh, Luke 21:28.
Proposed prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, even though You are up above, I know You live in me, in my because I have accepted You as my Saviour. Yes, You are down here with me, providing for me, protecting me, praying for me. Please help me to wait upon You so that my strength will be renewed, so that I can mount up with wings as eagles and run and not be weary, walk and not faint. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen!”
Have a wonder-filled weekend and keep your eyes on the Lord and your heart on His Word.