By Rev Bill Woods
10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
Pastor Peter Lord had a dream about Eagles and Turkeys. – I’d call it a parable.
The dream: An eagle raised as a turkey was confused about his identity.
In his dream Peter Lord saw some eagles nesting high in a tree — a momma eagle, a poppa eagle and 2 baby eaglets.
Eagles are beautiful birds, who love to fly and soar high in the sky for hours at a time. They were created to fly!
They’re birds of prey, meat eaters, hunting, killing, and devouring, as opposed to other birds (turkeys) that are primarily grain/grub eaters
Meat eaters look down on grain eaters. The idea being that eagles are tough, strong and totally cool birds.
People admire eagles for these traits so much so that the eagle is the bird chosen to symbolize the USA, “The land of the free, and the home of the brave.” To put it in perspective the strength and majesty of an eagle illustrates what we’ve envisioned our Nation to be.
However, after seeing our present Government in action in Afghanistan, this past week, maybe our national bird should be a parakeet!
One day momma and papa eagle went out to cruise. Eagles love to cruise the skies.
While they were gone a strong wind blew and knocked the two eaglets out of the nest causing them to fall to the ground in the middle of the forest. – Stunned, frightened, and confused they walked deeper into the woods crying for their parent eagles.
They wandered far from the tree and the nest where they were supposed to be. They were too young to fly, but it was hard wired into their genetic coding that they were creatures of the air, and they were meat eaters.
Soon they were lost!
Momma and poppa eagles searched and searched but never found their babies.
As the eaglets wandered in the woods, other creatures were wandering also. One was a hen turkey who had no children but wanted some!
As the hen foraged for grubs and bugs, she heard the baby eaglets crying, “momma, momma!”
She headed in the direction of the eaglets and found them cowering underneath a bush, “children, come out from there,” she called to them. “What’s the problem, where are your parents?”
“We don’t know, we’re lost.”
“Well, let’s see if we can find them.”
They searched in vain for the eagles’ nest and family. At the end of a wearisome day the hen turkey told the eaglets they could live with her and she’d take care of them.
After all, she wanted children and they wanted a momma – a perfect match!
Things set well for a while, but the eagles never fully fit into the turkeys’ life style.
– If you’re a turkey, you raise your children to be turkeys.
One of the eaglets, (we’ll name him Tom), had an especially difficult time adjusting to life as a turkey. He was no longer getting fresh meat from his parents but was out scratching and digging for worms and grubs, and eating seeds and grains, not the most desirable diet when you’re used to eagle’s cuisine.
Every now and then he’d see a rabbit in the woods and for some reason he didn’t understand, he’d start salivating.
Once when he saw a rabbit, he said to his brother Jerome, “hey Jerome let’s go kill and eat that rabbit.”
“What are you talking about?” Jerome said. “We’re turkeys, we don’t eat rabbits, we eat worms, and bugs, and grubs, and grain. But rabbit? We’d never eat that.”
Tom dropped the idea for the moment, but it kept coming back to him.
One day the turkeys were in a cow pasture, sifting through cow pies for seeds. – Cows can’t digest seeds, and they are a special delicacy to turkeys.
Tom’s beak was covered in cow dung, he looked over and saw his brother was as covered with the mess as he was, he said, “Jerome something doesn’t seem right!”
“What are you talking about, Tom.”
“Well Jerome, it just doesn’t seem right, sticking our head down in these cow patties hunting for seeds. I feel more like eating the cow than this stinky stuff!”
“Cut it out Tom, we’re turkeys, this is what turkeys eat. I’m a turkey, you’re a turkey, our mother’s a turkey, our father’s a turkey, our cousins are turkeys, everybody we know are turkeys, just cut it out Tom.” (They were so young when adopted that they’d forgotten about their real parents.)
“I don’t know Jerome, I just can’t eat this stuff anymore. Besides I want to fly.”
“What are you talking about Tom? We fly all the time!” (Turkeys fly by running and continually flapping their wings. They’re usually only airborne for short lengths of time, while eagles by adjusting their wing tips can soar for hours and love it.
“No, I don’t want to fly like we do, I want to really fly. High up above all the trees, I want to soar in the clouds.”
“There you go again Tom, you know turkeys don’t soar. What is all this dreaming in your head? How many times do I have to tell you, I’m a turkey, you’re a turkey, our mother’s a turkey, our father’s a turkey, our cousins are turkeys, everybody we know are turkeys, just cut it out Tom.”
Tom left for a walk in the woods. There was a great struggle going on deep inside of him between what God had made him to be and the way he was living.
As he walked he started weeping. He met a wise old owl, who saw him weeping.
– The owl asked him what was wrong.
– Tom told him he wanted to soar in the clouds and eat fresh meat.
– The wise old owl asked him, “Why don’t you just do it?”
Tom thought, “How can you ask such a dumb question?”
He told the owl, “I’m a turkey, my mother’s a turkey, my father’s a turkey, my cousins are turkeys, everybody I know are turkeys, and everybody knows turkeys don’t soar and turkeys don’t eat rabbits and things like that.”
The owl said, “You’re not a turkey, you’re an eagle!”
“What are you talking about?” asked Tom quite stunned, then he added the routine that had been drilled into him, “I’m a turkey, my mother’s a turkey, my father’s a turkey, my cousins are turkeys, everybody I know are turkeys, so don’t try to get my hopes up with such foolish talk.”
The owl retorted, “Young man I’ve lived in these woods a long time! I know an eagle when I see one. Haven’t you noticed you look and feel different from all the other turkeys?”
Tom answered, “Yeah, I’ve thought about it, but every time I bring it up to my brother, who looks just like me, he says, I’m a turkey, you’re a turkey, our mother’s a turkey, our father’s a turkey, our cousins are turkeys, everybody we know are turkeys! Cut it out Tom.”
The owl persisted, “Believe me young man, you’re not a turkey, you’re an eagle. Have you ever tried to soar or eat rabbit?”
Tom came back, “Why should I? I’m a turkey, my mother’s a turkey, my father’s a turkey, my cousins are turkeys, everybody I know are turkeys, and everybody knows turkeys don’t do such things.”
The owl continued, “Would it hurt to try? I see by your tears, it’s bothering you not to try?”
Tom sighed, “I don’t think there’d be any harm in it. It just seems like a waste of time to try.”
Mr. Owl said, “Go ahead, give it a shot, what have you got to lose?”
Tom admitted, “Nothing I guess, ok I’ll give it a try.”
With that Tom took off for the sky, and attempted to see how far he could go.- To his delight he climbed higher and higher! The higher he got the happier he got. – “This is cool,” he thought, as he finally began to be what God had created him to be.
He suddenly discovered another talent that had laid dormant in his life. He had phenomenal vision!
He could see the littlest details even though he was so high up, one of the things he saw was field mouse moving through some grass. It wasn’t a rabbit, but he thought it might be a good start.
He quickly swooped down, rejoicing as he felt the wind rushing past his body, the tension of the hunt, and the excitement of fresh meal. He killed and ate the mouse and thought it was the best meal he’d ever eaten.
“I’ll never stick my beak in a cow pie again,” he promised himself as he relished every morsel of his fresh kill.
Finally Tom was living the life he always felt he was meant to live — This was the way God intended for him to live!
Imagine being an eagle and living like a turkey!
He finished his meal and thought of his brother,“If I’m and eagle, so is Jerome!”
He flew back to his brother and tried to convince him he was an eagle too, but all he ever got out of his Jeerome was, “I’m a turkey, my mother’s a turkey, my father’s a turkey, my cousins are turkeys, everybody I know are turkeys, cut it out Tom.”
Disappointed that he couldn’t change his brother’s mind, he said good-bye and set out for his grand adventure.
There’s no greater joy for an eagle, who has been told time and again that he’s a turkey and has lived like a turkey to finally find the truth and begin to live the way God intended for him to live.
It reminds me of a quote from Joseph Goebbels, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
The little eagle had been told so many time that he was a turkey that he bought into that lie and almost missed the blessings and freedom of being an eagle!
Who are you?
Maybe you’ve been told things like you’re inferior, or you’re too dumb, or too fat, or you’re ugly, or any other number of mean things that can be thrown at you and you’ve listened to these accusations until you’ve been beaten down so much that you want to just fade into the background.
Listen! Satan wants you to be knocked down to the point that you will not find your potential. He wants you defeated!
Remember, “God made you and God don’t make no junk!”
Stop being defeated! Find the victorious life that God has planned for you!
Have you been buying into lies that Satan has told you over and over that you would lose too much by accepting Christ as your Savior?
Let me tell you, the most wonderful life you can imagine comes with a right relationship to God.
Jesus has provided the way for you to have that joy of belonging to God’s Family and finding the freedom that comes when you are forgiven of your sins!
The Bible teaches that we are created with something very special placed deep within our heart that only God can satisfy!
Ecclesiastes 3:11 — “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
God has put eternity in the heart of man and done it in such a way that it’s not readily obvious or easily grasped.
We’re like the eagles in the story, who were raised as turkeys and yet we have a longing to be more than turkeys just hunting and pecking through life, we long to soar with the eagles.
Billy Graham said God’s placed a “God shaped vacuum in the heart of man, an empty space that only He can fill.”
There’s a vacuum in the life of every man, woman and child who hasn’t been saved, and there’s a neon arrow that lights up every now and then to remind them that something’s missing.
Have you asked Jesus to fill that God shaped vacuum in your heart?
God made you to be an eagle, Satan wants you to think you’re a turkey foraging in cow pies trying but failing to ever be satisfied.
If you’re like Tom Turkey in the story and something is saying, “Something just doesn’t seem right,” I want to tell you what to do about it.
Bow your head right now and pray to God, “Jesus, I’m a sinner and I’m sorry for my sins!
God’s Word says in 1 John 1:9that “If I confess my sins you are faithful and just to forgive me my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.”
Jesus, I do confess my sins to You and I ask You to forgive me, save me and cleanse me and help me to change my life to live for You. Please come into my heart and fill the vacuum that I have inside me that only You can fill. I know I’ll never be complete without You!
Help me to find the purpose You have for my life. I give myself to You.
Remember, God has a wonderful Plan for your life, He wants you to know what real joy is.
If you have sincerely prayed that prayer and have really repented of your sinful living, you’re on your way to unfolding your wings and finally beginning to fly.
Now you need to find a Church that is preaching the Word of God and find devout Christian people that you can fellowship with. You need to pray and read your Bible and get involved in helping others to find the Lord. You need to support the work of that Church with your time, talent, and tithes.
Break the bondage that Satan has had you in and Learn to soar!
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on 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.
Listen, take advantage of the Freedom you still have to sing, pray and worship God. Christians in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, North Korea, China, Russia and most of the Mid-East want to read the Bible, and worship freely, but are being persecuted and martyred for their desire to serve Jesus! They have to hide in fear in hopes they will not be discovered reaching out to God.
Right now U.S. citizens, Christians, orphans, women and girls are being hunted down and tortured and killed by the Taliban and other Terrorist Groups because Joe Biden stranded them in Afghanistan. I’ve been asking God to protect them. I pray He has put angels around those poor souls longing to serve Him.
Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Take advantage of the fact we can still serve God openly. It might not always be that way for us either the way the world seems to be rushing towards the Tribulation.
Remember, Christ is going to remove His Church before the Great Tribulation. I encourage you to get right with God now so you won’t have to face that horrible time that’s coming.
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