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Don't be Satisfied with this Chicken Coop!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I have been reading the "Thin Within" book by Judy Halliday and just had to share this great story she shared on day 10.

One day a naturalist was passing a farm. He glanced over at the chicken yard and noticed among the chickens pecking away at the corn one of the most beautiful eagles he had ever seen. He said to the farmer, "What in the world is that eagle doing in the chicken pen?" The farmer drawled, "Well, I really don't know, but he seems to think he's a chicken. He's been there for a long time and he won't leave. I've tried to scare him away, but he won't go."

The naturalist smiled and said, "I'll make him leave." So he went into the pen and lifted up the eagle. The eagle was indeed a magnificent bird. He flexed his huge wings, and the naturalist could see some of his latent power.

The naturalist said to the eagle, "Stretch forth your wings and fly, You're not a chicken; you're the king of all birds. You can soar over the entire country. Don't be satisfied with this chicken coop." But the eagle plopped down from his arm and went right on pecking for corn just like all the chickens. For days the naturalist kept coming back and putting the eagle on his glove. Still the eagle wouldn't budge.

Finally, exasperated, the naturalist went back to the farmer. "What in the world can I do? That eagle won't budge. He believes he's a chicken." Well, the farmer drawled, "If I were you and I had the time, I'd teach him to fly."

The naturalist stared at the farmer for a moment or two. "You know, that's a good idea." So the naturalist put the eagle in a cage and drove his truck to the base of a nearby mountain. He strapped the cage to his back and began to climb the mountain. He set the cage down on a cliff and opened it, but still the eagle wouldn't budge. He just peered out, blinked, and gazed down at the chickens, far below. The naturalist carefully took the eagle out of the cage and put him on a rock. The eagle looked up at the sky and again his beautiful wings gleamed in the sunlight as they stretched out just a little. For the first time, it seemed that the eagle actually felt different. When he glanced down at the chickens his wings trembled.

The naturalist knew that although the eagle really wanted to fly, he was afraid. So the man reached out and very gently pushed the eagle. It wouldn't budge. He tried again, but still the eagle wouldn't move. Finally, the naturalist sat down, utterly exasperated. He looked at the eagle and at the sky and at the chickens far below. "How can I teach him to fly?" he wondered. Then he happened to glance further up, at the mountaintop, and he knew the answer.

He put the eagle back into the cage and climbed to the very top of the mountain where other eagles roosted. They built their nest, mated, raised their offspring, and soared magnificently. The eagle saw all of this and as soon as the naturalist took him out of the cage, he stretched his gorgeous wings and eagerly lifted himself off the rock. At first he dropped, but then he suddenly found, like the other eagles, that he could fly effortlessly.

The eagle never returned to the chicken yard. He had finally discovered who he was--an eagle. And he loved it.

Original story by Jerry Frankhauser.

"But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

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  • no profile photo CD2305472
    Julie, I've read books from the ThinWithin program. Nice to be reminded of this wonderful story.
    4149 days ago
  • TUGGER502
    I cant tell you how many times I have used that story to teach others around me self worth. It is an awesome story. Thanks for sharing it with every one. Your awesome!
    4262 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4592528
    Julie - LOVE IT! Why did I just find it? Guess I hadn't checked your SP page before. Why??? I must be losing it. Oh well -- God must have known NOW was the time for me to read this story -- and Jim's story on your "about Julie" section!

    Praying for you & your Dad tonight. Hugs, Susie
    4327 days ago
  • BRENDA2007
    Julie, I like "Thin Within"-I can't eat intuitively yet but I'm hoping that will be on the horizon for me someday. Thanks, too, for the sparkgoodie you gave me. You're a born encourager and I need that!
    4498 days ago
    Julie , what a beautiful story and absolutely so very true.. When we discover we are really what God created us to be, we can soar as high and be just as beautiful as that Eagle..
    Thanks for sharing that with us..

    Hugs and Prayers,
    4502 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the story!
    4504 days ago
    I love the story Julie! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. It reminds me of childhood times I was feeling weary & down in the dumps (due to a long term illness). There was always someone there to pick me up & pull me out (like the Naturalist) ... and others holding me down like the Farmer too.

    The eagle has great capabilities. However; since God mad human beings superior to them, imagine how we can soar if we just realize our capabilities are greater than eagles!!!!

    Thank you for being the 'wind beneath my wings'.

    4504 days ago
    Let's soar past those chicken coops. I know from experience that they get stinky.....need cleaned out and the chickens need fresh air!!! Thanks for a great story !
    4504 days ago
    Julie, Thanks for this great story! It reminds us that we don't have to stay in the chicken coop of life when our Heavenly Father has made us to be eagles who soar on the wind of His love!

    Blessings! Ena
    4504 days ago
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