There was once an eagle that was raised as a chicken. An earthquake had dislodged his nest from its perch high atop a craggy bluff. It had tumbled to the base of the rocky bluff, where a farmer found the newborn eagle still alive, having been protected by the nest during its traumatic fall. The farmer placed him with the chicks on his farm, and he grew up as a chicken. Pecking grain from the ground and drinking water from puddles, he looked and acted like a big, oversized chicken.
One spring day, this eagle looked to the sky and saw a majestic looking eagle soaring and seemingly floating in the cool breeze. There was something deep in his soul that called to him from above. “I wish I could soar like that,” he thought. “I wonder what it looks like from up there.” Just then the farmer tossed a bucket of feed into the yard, and quickly forgetting the lofty heights that beckoned to him, he raced to join the madness and hopefully find a few grains for himself.
A few days later the same eagle was once again soaring high above, when having spotted the wannabe-chicken, he swooped into the chicken farm, and landed directly in front of our eagle friend.
“What are you doing here among the chickens,” asked the majestic bird.
“Just the norm,” replied the eagle, “fighting for enough grain to stay alive.”
“But you are not a chicken, you are an eagle,” responded the high flyer. “You should be soaring miles above these chickens.”
“You are wrong Mr. Eagle,” he replied, stepping back to peck up a small grain of corn from the dirt. “I am not a noble eagle like yourself. Just look at me…I was born a chicken and I will always be a chicken.”
If you don’t know who you are,
you will never become what you are destined to be.
The sad thing about this story is that we sometimes find ourselves caught in the same trap. We were created in God’s image, and yet we were born into a fallen world, where we were raised with no understanding of our true identity. In your search for truth, something in your soul said, “I’m destined for more than just empty pecking.”
When I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I accepted the fact that I was saved through grace, but I found it very difficult to accept the fact, that I was now a new person. I was no longer a chicken, as I was telling myself, but instead a majestic eagle, destined to soar among the heavens. But knowing only the former things, I kept telling myself, “you are nothing more than a chicken.” Now maybe you’re different, but if you’re anything like me, you yourself buy into the deceit, and end up telling yourself some of the strongest lies regarding who you are. We are our own biggest critics, based almost entirely on the lies of the enemy, who would like us continue thinking, “you are nothing more than a lowly, cowardly chicken.”
God has called You His own, His offspring, made in His image. He is longing to restore His sons and daughters to their rightful place in Him. “Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.” (Gal. 4:6-7)
The orphan spirit has woven itself into the fabric of our culture, but Jesus is here to redeem that which was once lost. Is there anything in your life that you have grabbed onto as truth…but isn’t? Jesus is in the business of revealing truth and restoring our true place in Him.
One last thing, which is really simple. I encourage you to grab a notebook, a pen and find a peaceful place. And ask God a simple question and write down what He speaks to your heart. Don’t overthink it. Just say God, “What do you think and feel about me?” Then just put your pen to the paper and begin writing what floods your mind. I guarantee that He wants to speak. And He is gushing with thoughts about you. Remember, He is in love with you, which means He thinks about you, feels emotions for you and longs to spend time with you and just talk.
You are not a chicken. You are an eagle!