Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalms 103:1-5 KJV)
Last week at the Jacksonville Zoo, we saw this “rag-tag” Eagle. We found out that he is around five years old and has been going through his transition. They said that in the last two weeks he has really started to change. As you may know, Bald Eagles get their “bald” head when they mature. I have seen Eagles with an all black heads and the all white heads, but never in the process of maturing. I am glad that we were able to see him in this stage of his life.
Now for a much better photo by Dan:
Actually, it may be a “she.” I forgot to ask. Both male and females get the “bald” head after about five years of so.
The above verse, “so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” reminds of the Lord’s watch-care of the birds, but more importantly, over us. When I see this eagle, it reminds me of times when we mature as Christians. Sometimes we seem a little “rag-tag” in our development, but as we keep our eyes on the Lord, He helps us mature as we should.
Here are some of the photos we took of the two eagles and a friendly Black-crowned Night-heron that was keeping them company. The Heron was wild and flew out later. These two Eagles were injured and can never return to the wild.
- Birds of the Bible – Eagles
- Birds of the Bible – Eagle’s Renewal
- Birds of the Bible
- Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks & Eagles Family
- Jacksonville Zoo
What a wonderful message. Thanks for sharing. I never knew it took years before they became “bald.” It’s interesting to think about something as magnificent as an eagle matures over time just as we do.
Thanks for commenting. It takes time for us and eagles to mature. Not sure of the time period for Christians, though. :)