Love helps the reflections |pt 6| the eaglet takes wing

by Craig on December 4, 2012


I was an eaglet from the start…
one that’s never really taken wing.
Eaglets don’t learn to soar on their own.

During this time that I’ve been unable to escape the gravity of my personal rabbit hole, I’ve been blessed to be in a position to help others escape theirs. This series on helping the five reflections began here. Of the five, the eaglet was the quickest and easiest to help.

I never intended to help her in the way that I did. I found her by mistake. She seemed so eager to fly, but wasn’t getting off the ground. There was something in me that wouldn’t allow her to remain earthbound.

So I helped, and as it turns out, I helped her in the same way that eagles help eaglets to fly. Who knew?

Here’s how eagles teach eaglets to fly.

The parents glide back and forth over the nest…
and every time they do the eaglets open up for food…
but there is none…just fly by’s to make them want up.

Little by little the eaglets lose weight…
becoming hungrier, and lighter and quicker.

With no success in having food delivered…
they begin flapping wings for a few minutes at a time.

In the struggle to reach the unreachable…
the eaglet develops strength and endurance.

Soon the parent eagle starts carrying food near the nest again, increasing the eaglet’s desire to fly.


Eventually comes the first flight. They don’t soar upward, but rather sink in a semi controlled freefall.

The first bit of ground they find breaks the fall.
Up to 40% of eaglets don’t survive the first “flight”.

Nature is cruel.
Love is never cruel.

If the eaglet survives, the parent eagle provides a meal…
reward for the eaglet, for striving skyward and trying to fly.

A surviving eaglet soon begins taking short flights…
increasing their strength and agility with each attempt.

The parents then resume regular feeding until the eaglet learns to fly and hunt.

It’s almost exactly what I did for my little eaglet reflection and now she’s soaring horizon to horizon. Always confident, now she has success to match the bravado. She’s gonna be just fine, this one. I can’t think of her without smiling.

A nudge at the right time…
just the right motivation to fly…
a little instruction and inspiration…
allowing for stumbles in fledgling efforts…
and catching them as gently as possible when they fall…

this is how Love helps an eaglet to soar.

The  rest of  the seiries on helping the five reflections is here:

Helping the 5 reflections
Love finds its center in the center of others
Love helps the badger
Love helps the chameleon
Love helps the eaglet

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca December 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Ah, nature is cruel and the heart not submitted fully to the father can be just the same. Loving how you are reaching out to help others….keep it up. and I do mean that….


A. December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

…”and a heart not submitted fully to the father can be just the same.” Thank you for that pearl, Rebecca.

Craig, I am glad you were able to help the eaglet. Praying for you as you reach out to others while trying to regain your own soaring flight.


Katie December 6, 2012 at 12:27 am

Hi Craig,

I have been MIA lately online except my email and facebook, and there only checking in once a week. What a visual picture you painted for my heart with how the eagle learns to fly. Often we learn the same way — through the heartache and pain of life. “Nature is cruel.
Love is never cruel.” Or at least God uses our heartaches for His glory.

I started a new blog over at Word Press tonight. I finally made the leap from xanga. I just reprinted my story as my first post. I haven’t decided if I will keep up with xanga or not. I wanted something new and fresh. I am still learning to navigate Word Press.


thefisherlady December 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

I am so glad you have the Father’s love and catch the free fallers… gently. I know He does the same for us. I love all the photos you chose for each post… always a pleasure to come by, Craig. He loves us with an everlasting love. We WILL soar with wings like eagles….
Blessings, grace and peace with joy be multiplied to you dear friend.


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