Posted by: New in Every Way | March 16, 2012

Born for the Sky

If only he had been scratching for insects and pecking at seeds like the other chicks instead of looking around. Looking up. He would still be content to be a prairie chicken.

“What is that?” he had asked the older chickens, as the graceful speck dipped and soared below the clouds.

“Oh, that’s an eagle, the chief of the birds. . . . But, come on . . .  forget him! You’re a prairie chicken. You can’t fly like that—especially with those long, heavy wings of yours.”

Reluctantly, he had gone back to foraging for enough seeds to fill his always-empty stomach. He did not know he had hatched from an eagle egg placed in a prairie-chicken’s nest. 

According to this Native American folk tale, the misplaced eaglet never found out who he was. Knowing his roots would have connected him with his original family, his real identity, and true purpose.

But there’s more to this folk story than being aware of your roots. It  is about having an amazing family history—and not even realizing it. We all have an astounding family heritage that extends farther back than a few generations.

A heritage from our Father God.

Now, if that sounds to you like a religious statement, I completely understand. So did I, until recently.

Growing up, I knew God as Creator. I knew Jesus as my Savior from sin. I believed that he had forgiven me and that I would someday join him in heaven. I knew that he was holy, and I tried—so hard—to be like him.

Giving my heart to the Lord had made a difference, but, most of the time . . . I lived like a prairie chicken. I considered myself about 90% earthly and 10% godly. My self-image was rooted in my earthly family and environment.

Imagine my surprise when it dawned on me that I had been conceived and held in God’s heart long before my parents brought me home.

I saw Christians who dared to be God-like eagles. I started seeing that the Bible had spoken all along of a relationship with God that predates our human family:

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 

 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:4-5

Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16 NIV). 

Guess that means that my self-hood and purpose—and yours—are rooted in God. When we come back into his family, we can say good-bye to a prairie chicken existence.

Now here’s the bible verse that inspired this blog:

For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether—the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new (2 Cor. 5:17-18 J.B. Phillips).

The good news: a new family, new self, and new purpose come as a gift, when we turn to the Lord.

The reality: that’s a lot to accept all at once. That’s why the tagline for this blog-site says we have to embrace our “new family, self, and purpose.”  Let’s do this together. Let’s consider some truths we can believe. Let’s get better acquainted with the God we can trust. Soon . . . we’ll be spreading our wings.

Make it personal . . .

  • What do the italicized scripture verses above say to you about your personal inheritance from Father God? Try jotting down some of his traits. Could it be that you now have these traits tucked into your spirit?
  • Do you have to try to be like your earthly parents? What does this imply about you, if you are a re-born child of God?
  • Think of times since you believed on Christ (if you already have) that your attitudes and behavior have just naturally been godly.



  1. […] It’s like the difference between a prairie chicken and an eagle (see “Born for the Sky”).  […]

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