THE WAITING EAGLE
The following is the content of a sermon that I listened to a
couple of weeks ago on television. I can’t remember the preacher, but the message was loud and clear. His use of the eagle in the example to follow has many hidden meanings. How many can you think of?
A young man was out hiking in Canada along the bank of a fast flowing river. Large blocks and chunks of still-solid ice were breaking away from the shoreline and slowly moving out into the fast flowing water in the center of the river. Many insects and a few small animals occasionally drifted out into the river perched atop the blocks of ice, to be swept off into the distance and out of sight of the watcher.
As he walked along, getting closer and closer to the rapids and
the waterfall that he could hear in the distance, the young man
noticed an eagle circling in the sky. It swooped down close to a
piece of ice floating out in the middle, but did not quite touch the ice. It was then that the young man noticed something small and fuzzy scurrying around on the ice that the eagle had just dived at.
As he walked along watching, the eagle made a couple more dives at the little creature on the ice. Finally, the eagle came to land on the edge of the block of ice, quickly capturing and killing his prey.
The eagle must have been very hungry as he did not take off, but proceeded to start eating the little creature, glancing up from time to time watching the ice’s progress towards the now close rapids and falls.
At the top of a hill, the path the young man was following veered off away from the river. Quickly, the man climbed a large rock which gave him an excellent view of the river, the falls and the eagle still riding the block of ice.
Still the eagle stood on the edge of the ice eating. It looked
up again and again, evidently judging the time left before the ice went over the edge of the falls. Surely, thought the young man, it must take off now, but the eagle was waiting till the last minute enjoying the now almost finished meal.
Finally, the eagle decided that it was time to leave. But flap
as much as it would, the eagle could not leave the ice! It would
appear as though while the eagle had been riding the block of ice eating and watching for the falls, waiting till the last possible moment to make his escape, its feet had melted the ice then become re-frozen, welding him permanently in place.
The eagle flapped and flapped, feathers flying, literally beating
its wings to a pulp. But to no avail. As it went over the edge, the scream it made sent shivers up the back of the young man watching from the rock. It sounded just like the scream of a woman in agony as she plunged to her death.
The point of the story is that the eagle, just like so many
people, kept watching the future approaching but choose to wait until the absolute last moment to make a decision (as so very many wait all of their lives knowing that they will have eternal life if they accept and walk with Jesus, but try to put it off till the last possible moment). The eagle, like so many “future watchers”, lost.
Are you waiting till the last possible moment, watching the falls approaching? Do you really want to take that chance and miss being able to live eternally? Jesus is waiting for you to ask him into your heart today. A whole new world can be yours for the asking if only you’ll accept Him as your Lord and Savior. If you have been waiting and watching but are now convinced that you want to make the right choice while you still have time, then pray the following prayer and
ask Jesus into your life. DO IT NOW!
“Dear Father, I know that I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Jesus to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior. I am willing, by God’s grace, to follow and obey Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life.”
Jim Lewis, The Light BBS, (904) 625-2737