Our Bible lesson this week, Soul, spells out pretty clearly the difference between what we behold with the material senses and what spiritual sense tells us. These senses are a way to see how we perceive ourselves. How we feel. Many people turn to Christian Science for healings connected with sight, hearing, and feelings. The lesson also brings out strength and beauty as natural reflections of Soul.
One example given for beauty and strength is from Isaiah 40: 31. And it specifically mentions eagles. I did not know much about their lives until I researched it a bit in a book, Strange Scriptures that Perplex the Western Mind. Here is what I found.
The eagle lives to a very great age. As he grows, his beak becomes so long that he can no longer eat. Then he flies away by himself to the top of a cliff where he pecks and pecks on a rock until his beak falls off. Another one will grow in its place, but while he is without the use of it, he loses his feathers because he must fast. Once the new beak has grown in and he again can take food, new feathers start growing. Now he appears to be a young eagle, and soars forth in his new covering with youthful beauty and strength. I see so many interesting ways to look at this spiritually.
When a problem has hung on persistently, we might feel that our only recourse is to go away on our own to pray about this. Sometimes it can feel like beating your head against a rock until deep prayer and quiet, undisturbed listening leads to the answer we need. Then the 'hardness' falls away. We might need to 'fast', keep our thought as pure as possible, shutting out negative thinking, making some mental adjustments, changing how we feel about something...or someone. As these changes take place, we can gradually get back to a more normal routine. The beauty of this kind of regeneration is that it takes place in mind and then is evident by the changes in the body or the situation that was so troublesome to us. We feel refreshed, strong, and confident. And with any healing there should be sincere gratitude.
"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah
Soar in peace.