As I write this we are in the middle of the magnificent fall season. Fall is the shedding time that occurs just before winter. The leaves on the trees begin their stunning transformation, changing into a profusion of colors stemming from golden brown to bright red. It seems like the trees themselves steel themselves on the inside as they brace for the coming frost.
This disrobing of nature is a portrait of life. We all endure seasons of stripping where our lives are pruned down to the barest part of our souls. Like the eagle during molting season. When it reaches the age of 60 It descends from its majestic perches in search of a secret place in the mountains. It begins clawing at itself tearing out it’s feathers, cracking its beak, and rasping off it’s once powerful talons. The only option the eagle has in this season is to wait patiently for the rays of the sun to heal it. Through this, the eagle renews its strength doubling it’s life span.
Some bird experts Ironically call this horrific tearing down “the season of renewal”. What a beautiful way to describe such a horrific process. The eagle also tells us that no matter what dark valleys it may traverse, it was made for high places, and to those foreboding peaks it will return. I take great comfort in this.
The Word of God even compares his people in their plight of spiritual atrophy to the eagle who waits for its renewal.
Isa 40:31 ESV but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
This is a promise to those who wait for the Lord in their season of stripping. We are never to be defined by the paring down, but by the promise of renewal. Your fall will bring about winter, but then the unfolding of spring.
2 Cor 4:16-17 ESV 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.