Two new eaglets had hatched, and the mother and father eagles circled the tree screaming wildly, calling everyone’s attention to the fact. However, shortly after the hatching of those eaglets, both the mother and father eagles abandoned the nest, going their own way. The eaglets began to starve. Now, there were a couple of problems that caused this situation.
The first problem was the mother eagle’s concept that hatched eaglets just as fast as you can, one after the other. So as soon as these were hatched, she felt it necessary to go off, make another nest, and prepare to lay some more eggs. Which is fine, of course, except the first eaglets are rather badly neglected.
The problem with the father eagle was that he was into soaring. Man, he loved soaring! And soaring is all right, but not when you should be feeding someone.
In any case these two eaglets were abandoned, sixty feet up in a pine tree, and beginning to get desperate. They reasoned, “If we stay here, we’re going to die for sure. If we jump, we’ll probably die anyway, but we might survive. Let’s take a chance.” So they jumped out of the nest, fluttered and flopped the sixty feet to the ground, and landed with a plop. They began dragging themselves toward the woods in hope of finding something to eat. Shortly, they encountered a band of turkeys. The head turkey said, “Hey you guys look hungry.” The eaglets said, “We are very hungry.” The turkey suggested, “Why, don’t you come with us and we’ll show you some fine acorns to eat?”
Now here is principle number one: When you are hungry enough you will eat what ever is fed to you.
They went with the turkeys and discovered where the acorns could be found. At the end of the day, when the eaglets were full of acorns, the head turkey asked, “Where are you fellows going to sleep tonight?” They said, “We don’t know. We have never been out in this wide world before.” The head turkey said, “Why don’t y’all come with us and be part of the family?!”
Now here is principle number two: When those who should accept you don’t accept you, you will go with those who do accept you.
And they began to learn to be turkeys. They were taught: don’t scream, cluck or gobble. Don’t expect to eat fish and mice, eat seeds and acorns. Recite to yourself everyday: I like acorns; you like acorns; we all like acorns.
Now here is principle number three: When you are accepted, you will imitate those who accept you in order to guarantee your further acceptance.
But, you know, those eaglets weren’t all that happy. Every now and then they would look up in the sky, see birds flying around, and something inside them would stir. On these occasions the head turkey would say, “Ah, Ah, don’t look up there. Those are all buzzards. You don’t want to be like them! Stay in the shadows down here and eat your acorns.”
And there is principle number four: It is very hard to be something that you are not. God did not design you to be apart from Him and to live with the moral turkeys. God designed you for something higher. He has a plan for you, and it is up there!
One day the eaglets were struggling through the woods, awfully sad and dissatisfied, certainly sick of the acorns, when a wise old owl sitting on a limb looked down at them and asked, “Who are you?” The answered “We are turkeys!” The owl said, “Oh, really? Have you seen those birds up there in the sky?” They said, “Yes, we have.” The owl said, “What do they look like, fellows?” Eaglets, “Well, they’ve got curved beaks and feathers on their heads.” The owl asked, “Do they look like turkeys?” The eaglets answered, “No, We know what turkeys look like.” Owl, “Do you know what you look like?” They said, “Well, no. We’ve never seen ourselves.” The Owl said, “Do you see that puddle over there? Go over there, look in that puddle and tell me what you see.” They went over and looked into the puddle, then said, “We’re sure not turkeys, are we?” The owl said, “No, you’re sure not turkeys. Your problem has been that you don’ know who you are.”
Now I could end the story there, but that is really not the end of the story. Because, you see, once you have been conditioned and trained to be a turkey, the transformation to being an eagle is not instant, even though you may discover what God’s plan and purpose is for you. Those eaglets had to practice quite a while before they soared up into the sky. Some days their wings got very tired. They went through some days when they couldn’t find anything to eat, except acorns and seeds. Some days they were severely criticized by all the turkeys around because they weren’t acting like good turkeys.
And here is principle number five: When you start changing you life to what you know it should be, some of your old friends are going to resent it, because you are no longer like them.
It took time, but eventually they were soaring up where they belonged. You see, being a Christian is a kind of journey from turkey Dom to eagle Dom. And what happens when you are saved is a matter of trusting and discovering what God has in mind for your life. The rest of your Christian life involves getting those wings stronger, therefore being able to soar higher. It’s not always easy. It’s not always pleasant. But it is oh so much more satisfying than living with the turkeys!