The picture on my Facebook Timeline currently is a lovely scenic shot taken off of Galliano Island, where we vacationed this past May. One of the things we enjoyed was watching the eagles fly back and forth to the little island right across from us. Quite often an eagle would perch on a tree there and sit for hours.
The day our daughter came to visit, I pointed this out to her, but alas the eagle did not make an appearance that day, and my daughter teased me, wondering if I was seeing things... so I posted the picture with the eagle on Facebook, but really, you need eagle eyes to see the bird!! However it is there, I promise!
This past weekend, we had so much fun visiting the Vancouver zoo with my three children and spouses and 2 grandsons and the animals put on a wonderful show. We saw three eagles too... majestic, watching us warily from the protection of their cage, safe in their perch. I felt sorry for them, not soaring up in the skies, but realized they were probably rescued birds, perhaps could not even fly anymore.
Eagles are special to our family - when my first husband Andy, my children's dad, was dying, his favourite verse of comfort were from the words of the ancient prophet Isaiah who says "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles..." It was amazing how many cards we received at that time with that very verse in-scripted, and I spotted an eagle very close to us just hours after he died.
I think of God's amazing care and love for us, that he can use majestic birds as these to remind us of his love and protection. And it came to me too, this week, of God's eyes, amazing eyes that see all things. They are eyes of compassion and love.
Unlike an eagle, I often don't see things clearly... what would I do without my reading glasses???... I also am aware of the parallel... I often don't see life clearly either. We don't see the whole picture. In one of my favourite passages of scripture the apostle Paul says: "Now we see only a dim likeness of things. It is as if we were seeing them in a mirror. But someday we will see clearly. We will see face to face. What I know now is not complete. But someday I will know completely, just as God knows me completely" (NIRV)
We live in a mystery - an incompleteness. An awe of God and all He has created for us to enjoy. But there is also a comfort in my unknowing, in my dim vision, that He is a God who sees, who loves, who cares.