Hey guys! I hope you all are doing great! Today, I will teach you some biology. Hahaha. Don’t worry; it will be a fun one for sure. Let’s look at the eagles.
There is a process that they have to go through: the molting process. Why? It is because as time goes by, calcium will cover an eagle’s beak and talons. Hence, they will be blunt and not as sharp as they once were. Not only that, their feathers become heavier and loses their ability to let the eagle fly high in the sky. These conditions will hinder the eagles from flying up high and hunting for food. Therefore, eagles have to go through the molting process.
So, what is the molting process? Firstly, an eagle has to descend from the heights above and go to a rock below. Then, it pulls out all of its bad feathers one by one. It also needs to break off its beak by smashing it on a rock. Not only that, it also does the same thing with their talons. Feathers, beak and talons will only regrow after a few months. At this point, the eagle becomes vulnerable, weak and defenseless. The eagle has to depend on its companion eagles for food because it cannot hunt itself. Many do not survive going through this process. However, if the eagle can survive, it will become stronger, greater and better than it was before. Its feathers grow back with greater vigor than ever before. Its beak and talons will grow sharper than ever before. It is restored.
You might be thinking, why am I telling you this? Because there is a lesson we can learn from an eagle’s molting process. Lessons, if I may add. Lessons about processes that we HAVE to go through in life.
1. Descend to rock below
Sometimes we become lifted up with pride, and we become arrogant, not realizing that there is something wrong and it needs to be changed. This will be the last thing we want to do, but we have to do it: descend to rock below. To humble ourselves and realize that we are not perfect. To humble ourselves and know that everything we have and can become comes from God. To humble ourselves and accept the fact that we need to change the way we behave or think.
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you. / 1 Peter 5:5-6 (ESV)
2. Let go of the bad feathers, beak, and talons
During molting processes in life, we have to let goof the things that hinder us from going up the stairs. We have to let go of the things that constantly drag us down to the ground. We have to let go of sins. Sometimes, we even have to let go of our comfort zone and step out to what God has in mind. Because you know, He knows best and we have to make room for changes that He will make in our lives.
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. / Ephesians 4:22-24 (ESV)
3. It hurts. We may feel vulnerable, weak and defenseless
Man, every process hurts that I know. If it doesn’t hurt you, it’s not a process I guess. When you look away from your friends’ exam paper and just complete the exam on your own. It hurts. When you stay quiet when someone punished you for something you did not do. It hurts. When your long-awaited student visa application is rejected because God has something else in mind. It hurts. When you fracture your leg during a big basketball match because it is God’s unique way to teach you about humility. It hurts. You may feel vulnerable. You may feel weak. You may feel defenseless. In fact, you will. You will be in rock bottom. It’s a natural thing. But take heart. Believe that there is a lesson you can take from each heartbreaking situation. God has a reason for everything.
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” / Hebrews 12:4-6 (NIV)
4. Depend on friends who will help you grow
At times when you are at your deepest moment, when stuff gets real, it is always nice to have a friend right by your side. A friend who encourages, a friend who nourishes, a friend who sustains, a friend who helps you grow. Look for that friend. Because two is always better than one. Pray for each other, strengthen each other. However, above all, depend on God. His strength is shown in our weaknesses. Let Him increase in us, and we shall decrease.
For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! / Ecclesiastes 4:10 (ESV)
5. Come out stronger
This is where the beauty of the process appears. You will be renewed. You will be restored. Even greater. Even stronger. Even better than ever. True, the process hurts. But when you have seen the end result, you will be in awe, and you know that everything you have been through was paid off. It is amazing how God uses painful process to renew our strength. It is amazing how God uses painful process to reveal His strength and power in our lives. It is amazing how God uses painful process to show His faithfulness. Of course, this will not happen overnight. Maybe weeks, months, or even years. But keep the faith, wait for the Lord’s timing. He will come in the perfect moment.
But they who wait for 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 40:31
I know this is a long post. But I thought it is worth sharing. So guys, if right now you are feeling like God is not on your side, I just want to tell you that He is on your side. But probably not in a way you want Him to be, He wants you to grow. And growth requires process. And as we all know, process hurts. Just like the eagles that have to go through molting processes, we humans have a series of molting processes in life that will hurt us like crazy. But in the end, we will soar up high above the sky. We just have to hang in there and push through. Do not pray that things will get easier. Instead, pray that you will be stronger, tougher, greater and better.
Endure and keep the faith,