Blog on 2/23/2011  Living in Alaska has given us an entirely new appreciation for theAmerican idiom “eagle eye.”  Not only is it an “Eye Spy” game and a childhood vantage point (living closer to the ground provides unique perspectives), but it’s become a special, albeit sacred, part of our daily life!

“God loves us!” said our son excitedly as we were being pulled up the tubing hill by a tow rope on New Year’s Eve.  You see, during an Advent devotion we were challenged to choose one of God’s creatures as a symbol of his love. Our children naturally chose the bald eagle.

This morning at 10AM we saw over ten bald eagles just hanging out in trees – over houses and over businesses…with cars whizzing by!  To simply sit and study these exquisitely handsome creatures in their habitat of choice, is inspiring.  The white of their heads and tails always stand out from their wide 5-6 foot wing span (about that as most adult humans’ arm width interestingly enough).  Watching them fly over us – is so awesome that we all exclaim “EAGLE!”  For I understand what our children know, that the eagles are sacred animals.  I always feel protected when one is flying above me. And I say silently, “Thank you God for being with us.” 

Seeing eagles along our daily paths has conditioned us to look up, to pay attention, to respect the gift of their company, and to slow down to watch them soar.  There’s a touch of grace in each visit – wherever we happen to be, at home, on the ski hill, driving on the interstate, or doing business in town – it pays to have an eagle eye!

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31