Early in American history, June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was chosen as the emblem for the United States of America, because of its long life, its great strength and its majestic looks. At that time it was believed to exist only on this continent.

For most of us—Benjamin Franklin was a notable exception, he wanted the turkey to be our national emblem—we have looked upon the eagle as an emblem with a great deal of satisfaction.

We see it portrayed on the Great Seal of the United States, much of our currency and many other places. To us, the eagle represents freedom; living in the tops of majestic mountains, soaring through the skies on the air currents. 

Throughout history, the eagle has been one of the most acclaimed symbols of strength and speed and supremacy.

In Scripture God is compared to an eagle that “will soar and swoop down.” (Jeremiah 49:22 In Exodus (19:14) God says he carried them on eagle’s wings.

Deuteronomy pictures God as “an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.” (Deut. 32:11, NIV)

This describes the dauntless way that an eagle teaches her chicks to fly. She pushes her fledglings out of the nest, but constantly hovers beneath them to catch them if they fail or tire. 

Sometimes God forces us out of the nest, out of our comfort zone. He forces us to spread our wings and fly on our own, but He is there to catch us if we tire or falter or fail.

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.