18 There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don’t understand:
19 how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.
Proverbs 30:18-19 (NLT)
The above verses tell us about four things that we can see every day and yet they contain amazing lessons, which can benefit us. In this article, we shall look into them.
How an eagle glides through the sky.
How does an eagle glide? All it has to do is to spread out its wings. The air current in the sky will help to sustain it for a long time. The eagle only has to move its wings to adjust its direction and altitude. In other words, eagles were designed to fly with minimal energy. The ability to glide through the sky gives the eagles an edge over other species. It makes the eagles fast and energy efficient.
What can we learn from this? As Christians, we were designed to reach the sky. All of us have different interests and passions in various fields. They come from God. God expects us to excel in the fields we are in. We are supposed to soar like eagles in the sky. However, we are to do it according to God’s way and not the world. The world’s way of reaching to the sky is to flap our wings like crazy and sacrifice everything else. If you follow the world’s way, you will be constantly filled with stress and anxiety.
God’s way is different. He wants us to glide like an eagle. Eagles don’t get tired or stressed when they were gliding through the sky. Likewise for us, it is not necessary to be stressed for us to get to the top of our field because we have a loving God on our side. As long as we put our trust in him, stress will have no place in our lives. We may get tired physically but not mentally. No matter how much pressure we face, we can still remain calm and be at peace because God constantly refreshes us. We are eagles.
How a snake slithers on a rock.
Snakes do not have hands and legs to climb up the rocks. Yet it can move up a rock by slithering on it. In fact, snakes can live in every environment on earth. They were designed to be so flexible that they can go almost everywhere other than flying. You can find them in the trees, water, dessert, grassland and underground. So, don’t feel sorry for snakes because they don’t have hands and legs. They are very successful in their territory and they happen to be at the top of the food chain. They are the predators.
What can we learn from this? Don’t give up just because we lack the conventional means to be successful. Many people believe the only way to be successful is to follow the conventional methods. Once these methods become unavailable to them, they give up. If the snakes behave like that, they would have been extinct a long time ago.
Let me give you an example. I suspect all of us believe education it the passport to success in this world. This means we should do the best we can in our education if we want to be successful. However, if you happen to be a school drop-out, it does not necessary means you are destined to live like a failure for the rest of your life. Bill Gates happened to be a drop out from university. He gave up his education to start his company, Microsoft. I am sure at that time, many people would have considered his actions to be silly but history has proven otherwise. There are also many rich people out there who made their millions without much formal education.
The lesson for us here is, don’t give up our quest for success just because the conventional means are unavailable. Be like the snakes in Proverbs 30:19. We need to be flexible enough to look for other opportunities for our success. The most important truth we must always remember is, God is on our side. He who is with us is greater than he who is in the world. If God is with us, who can be against us?
How a ship navigates the ocean.
The ocean is greater than the ship. No matter how big the ship is, it is still inferior compares to the ocean. Yet, a tiny ship can still navigate on the ocean.
Here is the lesson for us. You may face situations, which you think are too big for you to change. You may feel helpless. You may be facing a recession, a natural catastrophe, a plague or any other bad situations. Bad things can happen around us. However that does not mean God has defaulted on his promise to deliver us. His promise on no weapon formed against us will prosper is still valid.
Therefore, whenever we are facing a bad situation, we are to place ourselves above it. So what if the oceans is huge? A small ship can still float and navigate above it. As long as you refuse to give up and continue to place your trust in the faithfulness of God, you will float above the situation and even able to navigate through it. You will be able to turn the setbacks in life into the stepping stones to success.
How a man loves a woman.
This is about romantic love. How to explain this love? No one knows for sure. Yet we do that. Such love results in the formation of marriages and families. Children were born and nurtured with love. Love forms the basis of our society and civilization. The ironical part is, none of us truly know what it means.
Likewise, we don’t have to understand fully the love of God for us in order for us to enjoy and benefit of his love. When we spend time with God through prayers, reading the Bible and listening to faith messages, we will get to know more and more of his love for us. However, we will never get to the place where we will understand fully the extent of his love for us. This does not stop us from enjoying and benefiting from it.
The bottom line is, we don’t have to understand something fully in order to benefit from it.