Friday, July 08, 2011

Lessons from the Decorah Eagles: Mantling

by Marsha Iddings

Proverbs 15:16  Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure with trouble.

The juvenile eagles are almost as big as their parents now.  They have a wing span of almost five feet across and spend much time flapping their wings and hopping from one side of the nest to the other in preparation for the day when they will branch and then later fledge. 

They have been learning the art of being aggressive and snatching  food when a parent comes in with a food drop.  When one is lucky enough to grab the whole meal he/she will mantle the treasure by spreading their wings around the prey in order to keep the others from seeing and getting what they have.  You can see an eaglet mantling in the photo above.

Of course when one refuses to share, then the others will begin to think of ways to steal the food and they wait in anticipation of the first chance to grab it. Take a look at the other two eaglets. You can almost see their wheels turning as they try to figure out how they will get the food away from their sibling. There is often trouble that comes with great treasure.

The old adage, "Little is much when God is in it" is very true.  It's better to be content with little knowing God will provide then deal with the troubles that come with great treasure.

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