The Texas Rancher and the Eagle

A Texas rancher was hunting in the mountains and came upon an eagle’s nest.  He took one of the eggs back home with him and placed it under a setting hen.  The eagle hatched, and was cared for by the mother hen.  For some period of time, the eagle seemed perfectly content to remain in the barnyard and feed along with the chickens. 

But one day, it heard the harsh scream of a mature eagle, swooping down in search of prey.  In the blink of an eye, the young eagle ascended into the sky and was never seen again.  He had found his new home in the mountainside cliffs, for he was not made for the barnyard dirt.

When we keep in step with the Holy Spirit, following His lead and walking intimately with the Lord Jesus Christ, we will have just a taste, a glimpse of life in the eternal kingdom of God where we will be face-to-face with Jesus. 

We were not made to live in the barnyard dirt of this world.  We are not meant to walk in the mire of darkness, to plod along in despair, to wrestle meekly in the morass of sin and temptation.  We were meant to fly with wings like an eagle and soar with the wind of the Holy Spirit.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 41:31

Source: “Set My Heart on Fire” by Catherine Martin