We had just arrived at our stay in Washington State: a sweet cottage that a friend blessed us with for a short time of rest on the Puget Sound . The water in front of the home ebbed and flowed. When we arrived, the tide was out and the view below was of much sand, gravel and seaweed. In a matter of hours though the water would come right up to the barrier, making the dwelling feel like a house boat. Seals played in the water and lazily communed on a large nearby rock. Harry, the Heron, a longtime resident was seen moving about idly, But the most majestic sight of all....
... was the Eagle that suddenly flew about 200 feet from the window soon after we arrived. Landing in the shallow water, we watched him 'watching' for a long time calmly as if in command of the water below. Not rushed, not cautious... as a watchman gathering the feel of the territory and then he lifted his majestic wings and off he went.
We were grateful to see an eagle so close for so long. The national bird graced us for such a time as this. But then the next day another flew in close, once again.
Ken was typing near a large window, when he noticed movement. This time an eagle perched himself in a tree so close. With a magnifying glass, we could see the black rims around his piercing eyes. Majestic, beautiful, dignified and regal.
~ The bird of our Nation, as we travel the nation. .
~ A quality of our Savior (Exodus 19:34 "You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.)
~ A descriptor of our strength (Isaiah 40:31 "But 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; and they shall walk, and not faint.")
A gift to see the glorious display of one of God's splendid creation ... not once, but twice.
And encourages us with His Word.
"Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's" Psalm 103:5