Drop Down N Getcho Eagle On

Most people know that eagles use wind resistance to lift off. What I didn’t know and found excessively amazing is that eagles chill in turbulence, too. You know what they do? When turbulence hits, the eagle tucks wing, goes into free fall, and then recovers by simply extending wings again as the turbulence subsides. Not a flap, flutter, or flip. Just an extension. It is a way to preserve energy, to curb the force of the wind against their bones.

By logging Cossack’s movements from 45 flights, the team found that the eagle collapsed its wings as a response to particularly strong, headwind gusts — rather than hold them stiffly in position like the unyielding wings of a plane. During these 2,594 documented “wing tucks,” the bird drops its wings and folds them beneath its body briefly — for about 0.35 seconds — so that it’s effectively falling in a nose-down motion. You can watch a quick clip of this wing tuck maneuver here (don’t blink, you’ll miss it).

Eagle Flight Recorder Reveals Clever Wing Tuck Trick

Despite the turbulence of life that you face right now, God is reminding you to tuck. You may feel like you’re free falling to your doom, but at the right moment the spirit of the Lord will say, “Extend!” And you will continue to soar. Don’t become afraid in this final hour; fear will cause you to lose altitude. You may lose your way; you may even lose control and fall from the sky. Instead, listen to the Voice of God speaking to you and maintain your flight. Remember that Jesus told you:

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NLT).

Rest in the knowing that you are safe.

Tuck: He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). Extend: But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wigs like an eagle; they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

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