Monday, January 2, 2017

Leaving the Matter of Life in God's Hands

Off in the cold rain this morning to speak for the babies who can't speak for themselves at the local abortion center. Our sidewalk ministry is incredibly rewarding, and many women are deeply grateful for the "signs" from God that they should not abort their baby.

It is not easy work, especially in the cold rain. However, there is no doubt in my heart that God would not have anyone trample on the life of innocent human beings made in His image. He has made it clear that we are defend the defenseless, to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, to bind the wounds of the broken, and to give strength to the weak. Charles Spurgeon said: We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives.

I am fortified by several days of rest, camping out in front of my computer watching the nesting eagle webcam of Harriet and her mate, M15, as they hatched their little eaglet, E9. Unlike the babies in the wombs of the moms at the abortion center, E9 is far from silent. He makes his needs known loud and clear. ( to view eagle webcam, click HERE.)

The eagle parents feed him, and when they have had all the squawking out of him they can stand, they shove him under their breast and squat on top of him. His squawks quickly subside. I can hardly rip my eyes away to go to bed, or eat...I am transfixed by the beautiful devotion of the parents to their baby and to each other.

They take turns on the nest, keeping E9 and his brother egg warm. (That egg may not be viable, but they continue to incubate it.) While one eagle nestles with the baby, the other catches fish. The fish is returned to the nest, and every time E9 wakes up demanding chow, his food is ready.

When the nesting parent has tired of the hours of roosting and attending to E9, she screeches and looks hopefully about. Usually, within minutes the other eagle appears, they squawk a few eagle words of encouragement to each other, and off the weary eagle flies for some alone time.

Each time the eagle settles onto the nest, she carefully clenches her talons so they don't harm the baby or the egg. She gently pushes the egg beneath her with her beak, and tries to prod the baby to move under her warm breast as well. She will not give up on incubating the egg until it is certain that it will not hatch.

Many eaglets do not make it to adulthood. Many eggs never hatch. However, the mama eagle will never take the life of her own baby. She leaves that in God's hands.

Job 12:10 

In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?

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