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Red-Tail Hawk Saves Man’s Life

Red-Tailed Hawk

I read a story several years ago about the champion hang glider of New York.  On one of his flights he encountered severe turbulence.  He couldn’t get control of his craft and found himself being tossed and turned – and tumbling downward – by air currents that were beyond his control.  Somehow the currents calmed down and the pilot thought he was “in the clear.”  He breathed a deep sigh of relief!

But then the winds kicked up once again.   This time the turbulence was more severe – unrelenting in its effort to toss the pilot to the ground.  He did all he could to keep the glider in a horizontal position, but he quickly became aware that a collision with mother earth was imminent.  He was now truly out of control of his craft.

Then the New York champion noticed that there was a red-tail hawk gliding near the corner of one of his wings.  Suddenly, the hawk dove straight toward the ground.  A voice or a strong prompting inside the pilot said, “Follow that hawk.”  Such an act seemed suicidal, but the pilot simply couldn’t ignore the prompting.

In obedience to this voice or prompting (I forget if the voice was audible), the pilot dove straight toward the ground!  Within a few seconds an air current lifted both himself and the hawk into a stable glide.  Someone commented on my last post, “Nice ride” (my ’72 Cutlass Supreme).  In this situation, however, I have to say, “Wow!  What a ride!”

I think that we all face such times.  When we are in the midst of trials that threaten our lives or livelihood, sometimes God speaks in a way that seems unreasonable or irrational, asking us to do something that looks impossible or even “crazy.”  Because Christ’s disciples are supposed to “live by faith and not by sight,” it’s usually best to go along with the prompting, once you’ve prayed and found peace regarding God’s leading.  God knows best and when all hope seems lost, He is eventually vindicated, bringing glory to Himself and blessings to those who will “follow that hawk!”

 “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7-8).

 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

John McNeely and a Red-Tail Hawk(Photo by Shostal Stock Photograph)
John McNeely and a Red-Tail Hawk
(Photo by Shostal Stock Photograph)

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