One day, a man passing by asked the owner why the eagle, proudest of all the birds, was living in a barn with chickens.
His owner said, “I love my eagle so much, I have given it chicken-feed every day and kept it safe in the barn. It no longer needs to hunt or fly.”
The man was curious at this. He wanted to know if the eagle really had lost its ability to fly. He picked up the eagle and said, “You belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth your wings and fly.”
The eagle gave him a curious look, jumped down from out of his hands, and went back to eat chicken-feed off the dirt.
The next day, the man tried again. He went to the roof of the house with the eagle and said, “You belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth your wings and fly.”
The eagle, fearing the height, wriggled free from the man, and jumped back down to the ground to be with the other chickens.
Finally, on the third day, the man took the eagle to the top of a mountain and said, “You belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth your wings and fly.”
The eagle, trembling but seeing no way down from the mountain, stretched his wings and flew. Slowly at first, but then up, up, and away towards the sun.
I stumbled upon this story and it really spoke to me. I can't quite remember how many times I wrote in a particular post last week that comfort is the enemy. I think that's just one angle of this story.
The eagle would have stayed comfortable in the barn, eating chicken feed and laying in the hay with chubby clucking chicks while unbeknownst to her she's actually a king among birds, one whom God created for much greater exploits and heroic feats. Sometimes, you would never discover your full potential if you're safely ensconced in a place and spoon fed. Yes, it's really nice to have good things handed to you so easily. Yet, when they give you with one hand, they inadvertently take from you with the other, the gift of self-realization, self-actualization and self-discovery. Therefore you live and die, not knowing who you are, what you have and what you could have achieved.
-I also loved that it took a man to show this eagle what she could do. You see, not all of us can make it by ourselves and that's why God places (destiny) helpers in our paths. I always pray to God to connect me with my helpers, I also always pray to God to make my helpers very restless until they help me. Imagine if after the first time the man spoke with the barn owner, he just listened, shrugged and went on his merry way. That eagle would have lived and died as a chicken, carried all her greatness, her potential and promises to the grave. But thankfully the whole situation made the man restless, thus unrelenting, until he was able to show that bird what she could do. This morning I pray once again that I be connected to my helpers, and not lose them until they have completely fulfilled their roles in my life. And if that's what you wish for yourself I pray the same for you.
-Lastly, Miss Pynk wrote some months ago on her blog on how much parents ought to do for a child. This reminded me of someone I know whose parents spoilt to unthinkable extremes that she's presently quite out of touch with reality, strange as it may sound. Some weeks ago she said to me; "if I don't find an office job then I don't know what I will do. I don't have any skills, any talents, any gifts, I cannot hustle or do business, I cannot cook to save my life... I have to be honest with myself, I am not good at anything. I know I can work in an office because I went to school, but that is all I can do". I internally shook my head and thought for the hundredth time how her parents did her a terrible disservice. In trying to be good parents, some parents get carried away and slather the child's life in dollar bills. They forget that while giving the child fish, it's also important to teach him/her to fish. This man in the story, in trying to be kind and loving, almost destroyed that Eagle's destiny.
There is just so much I've learnt from this little story. What have you learnt?
And since I mentioned Helpers, do tell me if you've had any? Someone that (God) mysteriously placed in your path that took you from point A in your life to point B, C, D... Do tell me about it. And remember, you're also somebody's helper too.
Good morning, and God bless.