"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Molting of Eagles

"v31but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." ~ Isaiah 40

Last night, one brother brought up the fact that eagles has to go through a process of molting at least once in its life time, around 30-40 years old. During this process of molting, the eagles will be rendered powerless and their vision and abilities to catch prey will fail them. And because they will lose their feathers during this process, they will not be able to soar in the sky as they used to. They would also need to rely on other eagles (those which have emerged from the molting process) to feed them. The molting process will last around 6-8 months, for that matter.

It is in light of the above, that we can truly appreciate the Scripture when it says that those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength and will soar on wings like eagles. Once in a while, we would be in our molting process or wilderness, but it is really a period of transformation for something better. Every now and then, we will be led to a point of brokenness where God will only then be able to shatter the old man, and mould the new man. And for those who have been broken over and over again, we would need to cultivate a sensitive heart to help those who are still struggling in the molting process, and to feed them as the eagles would.

So in all things, we have hope in God. And the saying goes: Don't be a powerless chicken but rather be a soaring eagle; the former bound for oven and the latter destined for heaven.