A VISITATION OF EAGLES
But 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;and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
I typed this up shortly after I experienced it in 2007. This happened on my way to and during my time at work where I was a Postmaster Replacement for a one person post office in the tiny and remote mountain community of Burns, Colorado. As I was a Postmaster delivering mail in the natural, I pray this message is delivered to those who are needing to receive an encouraging Word from the Lord. May you be encouraged and blessed as you read about this “Visitation of Eagles”.
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As I made the slow, tight turn under the old railroad trestle towards the post office where I work, a huge eagle took off from the low bluff to my right and soared just above my car and then in front of me as I turned toward the parking lot. It is always thrilling and uplifting to see an eagle, which doesn’t happen very often; especially a Bald Eagle. Seeing one, so close up, felt like the Lord’s favor and blessing. I thought, “What an awesome way to start the day!”
About 10 AM I stopped to look out the window over the file cabinet that faces the parking lot, something I rarely do. Just then, a huge eagle swooped across the parking lot right in front of the window, quickly followed by two others. Without thinking, I ran outside to see if I could still see them. I was stunned to count five eagles circling overhead. I then observed several more coasting down from the higher cliffs behind the post office and saw a few others fly up from the river in front of the post office to total twelve eagles circling above me, the Post Office, a home and a small log church nearby. As I stood there watching them, I was just overwhelmed with joy and thrilled to see such a sight, knowing it was a “God thing”.
I continued to watch the eagles as they never seemed to move their wings, but continued to catch the wind, soaring away together, higher and higher, above the cliffs and beyond. Slowly, different groups of two or three floated off, in and out of sight. But, a group of seven continued to circle upward together above and beyond the cliffs. The longer I stood and watched the more I knew God was giving me a visual message as He began to remind me of the significance of eagles and numbers.
How eagles soar upon the wind, represents yielding to the Holy Spirit. And their ability to see the littlest things from great heights is like the ability to see things by the Spirit from God’s perspective. They are able to soar upon the winds and rise above the storms. Eagles often represent the Seer anointing, a type of prophetic gifting. Many times the Lord uses insights about eagles to illustrate our ability to overcome life’s circumstances as we wait, seek, and put our trust in Him. Isaiah 40:31 has been a favorite verse of comfort to me for many years.
One is the number of God, The One True God. I felt that the first eagle I had seen in the morning was symbolic that God has been hovering over me as I have been learning to fly alone in the favor, peace, joy and blessings, of the Lord in a very isolated season of my life. As I am slowly turning a corner, He is moving ahead to show me and you the way we are to go.
Next, I saw the three eagles swoop in front of my office window. Three is the number of perfection, symbolizing unity that represents the perfect, complete unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As I ran out out of my office to see the three eagles, this represents the need for a new willingness to see and follow the fullness of God out of the ordinary into the light of a new season in our lives.
Five is the number of grace. The five eagles circling and soaring overhead reminds me that a divine, empowering, enabling, grace is over us during all we have gone through, where we are currently, and His grace is sufficient for each day that is ahead.
Twelve is the number of governing, the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles. Twelve represents Kingdom government and apostolic authority. I believe the twelve eagles soaring overhead are an affirmation of the Lord’s apostolic authority, anointing and calling upon my life and also others who are being lifted up in Him. He has apostolic assignments for us in His Kingdom even if we currently don’t find ourselves functioning in the church in the way we have known in the past. I also believe the twelve eagles circling over the church, a home and a business is a reminder of His desire to rule over every area of our lives.
Seven is the number of completion. The seven eagles that remained together, effortlessly circling higher and higher encourage us that even though we may have found peace in Him in our isolation and hiddenness, without any effort or striving, He is also going to connect us with those we will soar with into heavenly places. I am reminded of Philippians 1:6 which states that “He who has began a good work in you will bring it to completion.”
I don’t believe it is just a coincidence that I experienced this visitation of eagles while I was at work. The Lord is also confirming His blessing upon the work He has given each of us to do and that we will also begin to experience new times of soaring with Him as we continue to be faithful in the situations where we are in. Yes, Lord. “Be it unto me according to Your will.”
This experience happened to me in a place called Burns and makes me think that there are others, like me, in places of isolation, recovering from the “burns” they have experienced in the past or from more recent circumstances. Especially difficult are those burns received from other Christians and/or those once close to us. The Lord is covering you, too, and healing you under His wings of mercy.
In the same way that I looked out of the window above the file cabinet, the Lord is encouraging us all to look to Him above all the files and memories of our past and to see the awesome things He wants to show us. Then run with abandonment, expectation and joy out into new day He has for you!
I am living in Colorado and it is the Colorado River that flows in front of our home and where I work. Colorado is Spanish for red and is symbolic of the blood of Jesus. The river is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. As we learn to appropriate His blood and to flow with the Holy Spirit through the territory where we live and where we work; He will lift us up into heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Finally, the Lord reminded me that I was driving our green, Jeep Liberty to work and it was in the parking lot. Vehicles can often prophetically represent a symbol of our journey and/or ministry. Jeeps were initially a vehicle for times of war. We are each having to find our way through our own personal war zones. We can be encouraged that He is covering us with His wings of mercy and showing us the way to go. The color green represents the prosperity, new life, and growth that the Lord is releasing over us wherever we may be currently parked. The Lord also desires for us to keep moving ahead into the liberty that He is giving us.
Just as I was finishing writing these last comments, my husband called to me that four eagles were soaring above our little log cabin home. I said, “No, there have to be five”. He answered, “Why?” And I said, “Because five is the number of grace.” When I stepped outside, I glanced at the mountains in front of us and looked up at the four eagles circling overhead. Then we saw a fifth eagle gliding up from the West to begin circling with the others.
Four is the number of the earth (north, south, east, and west, the four seasons, etc). With the arrival of the fifth eagle, I felt like the Lord is adding His grace to where we live and whatever direction He is calling us to go. It was the end of the day and the sun was beginning to set. So, in closing, it seems the Lord would say, “GRACE, GRACE for the season you are in and to the mountains before you. I know where you live and my favor is upon you. Prepare for a new day!”
May you mount up with wings as an eagle and soar.
(The photo was taken from an open stock photo website.)
© JoBeth Kested 2014