Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lessons of the Eagle's Nest + Proverbs 3:5, 6 Illuminated Verse

 {WOYWW post below - thanks :D}

When we think of eagles and the Bible most often we think of this reference here in this passage here: 
Isaiah 40 v31  
.".but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint."
God has other important messages for us in eagles in the Bible. Often in our lives we have what I call "prickly periods" - prickly because of an association from a message I heard a long time ago, as detailed below.
These words in the verse below meant so much more to those living in Israel than they do to us today. As itinerant travellers or ones settled and farming, they lived close to the land.
Deuteronomy 32: 11 - 12
11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
This is an excellent summary here in part from a post on Robin's Weidner's (found via Google) website "Secure in Heart" {LINK here}:
A Lesson On The Eagle : 
"...like an eaglet, I can get so comfortable in what appears to offer security that the thought of change fills me with fear.
It turns out that an eagle’s nest is quite an elaborate affair. 
A pair of eagles may take up to 6 weeks to build a nest, usually in the top of a tree, lining it with soft grasses, moss and cornstalks. To complete the next, they tenderly line the bottom with their own feathers.

For the first twelve weeks of life, the eaglet relaxes, trusting her parents to provide everything she needs.


When it’s time for the eaglet to learn to fly, the mother and father use their sharp talons to pull apart the soft materials that lined the nest. Then the mother eagle rises up and hovers over the nest, flapping her huge wings, stirring the nest.


As she does this, all of the comfortable stuff that kept the nest cozy flies out. This sends a clear message to the eaglet—it’s time to leave your life of comfort!

If needed, the mother will literally knock her baby out of the nest, and then follow it as it falls, swooping it onto her wings at the last moment. The mother eagle knows that her young one can only survive by learning to fly.....
But what strikes me is that of all the analogies God could choose to depict Himself, to win the hearts of His people and generations to come…God chose that of an eagle. And that analogy simply drips with Grace.

You see, unlike the eagle and its eaglet, I haven’t been with God from the day of my birth. Rather He found me in a “barren and howling waste” and then brought me to Himself, shielding me and guarding me.


And like the Israelites, even though there have been times when I’ve pursued my own selfish ends, and taken some hard falls, He’s still been there ready to renew His compassion.

The lesson of the eagle sheds so much light on a relationship with God.

I entrust myself to God, while He guards me as the apple of His eye. Sometimes He wounds me in his stirring of the nest, but He also is quick to heal. He promises to catch me, and I promise to jump!

And then no one, including the evil one, can steal me out of His hand!"
I would like to close this post with one of my illuminated works, as often asked to do so, and to my shame I never seem to get around it. 
 This is an excellent verse to use - it was one given to me when I first came to the LORD (to read this story + another calligraphy piece see this post here) Please note, this photo is of a photo this work was done about 15 years ago now. Did not have digital cameras then, and was using a borrowed one anyway. Hence the flare on the photos.                             This verse given me as a very young believer in the LORD Jesus - why - because we always think we know best - but we must not lean upon our understanding but God's, trusting in Him with ALL our heart, and in His way alone.

TRUST Him when dark trials oppress you,
TRUST Him when your faith is small,
TRUST Him when to simply
TRUST Him is the hardest thing of all.

May God richly bless you where ever your maybe and thank you SO much for popping over for a peek and chat and making my day! 
Shaz in Oz.x  

I would like to link this post with:
  1.  Birdee blessings - Under His wings ( A blessing please pop across to it )
  2. Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes?

10 comments:

brenda said...

Not sure my last comment posted Shaz, so just in case wanted to thank you for sharing such beautiful work.

B x

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Beautifully done. I didn't know the story behind the eagle and her babies. Very touching. Your art work is beautiful. Thanks for linking to me. Abby

Anne said...

Thank you so very much for this Shaz! What a wonderful piece, unravelling Scripture another layer. This is so encouraging and faith building. Beautiful and your amazing calligraphy illuminates the precious Word of God and reminds us of how Regal, Holy and precious His Word is.TFS!

Betsy said...

I am another that didn't realize the story of a mother and her little ones. My favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31. It was a joy to see it listed here with the others.

Thank you for your beautiful message on this day.
Blessings,
Betsy

Rea said...

Beautiful scripture and art work. Thank you for joining us this week at WAW.

MaryH said...

Sharon, Thank you for such an inspirational post. It was truly beautiful, and timely. Also thanks for your marvelous calligraphy picture...WOW! TFS

Karen Letchworth said...

It's so good to see you sharing your beautiful art shared in our challenges again. I pray that God is blessing you and I hope to see you share with us more. Let us know if we can pray for you, and have a blessed week!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Sarah said...

Hi Shaz!
It's been quite a while since I've spent some proper time on blogger and commented...life is very busy :)
But I just had to say how much I love this post...love the eagle lesson. It's so special and true...God is good and faithful. Eagles have crossed my mind and thoughts lately. They're wonderful creatures, representing, as you say, God's grace and love to His erring children.
Thanks for sharing:)
Miss you very much.
God bless,
Sarah

sandee said...

Very thought provoking, learned something today and I loved all the related scripture. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Stephanie said...

Wow, everything is beautiful! Thank you for being a blessing! And thank you for the link :)

I am now following your sweet blog through GFC and Bloglovin'.

Have a happy Monday!

Hugs,
Stephanie

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