This Eagle Test is a series of trials and decisions a lady eagle brings upon her suitors. This is also a test that the modern day women can implement in gaging the compatibility between her and her suitors.
A lady eagle can have a small handful of male eagles that all vie for her attention at the same time. However, will she be able to weed out her potential mate? Say she has three eagle boyfriends. Flying up a great distance, she will then drop a small pebble. The three male eagles all dive bomb the falling rock in an attempt to be the first to snatch it. The victor brings her the trophy, at which she is prompted to fly up half of the distance and drop the pebble again. Only two birds are so brave this time around, and the victor brings her the pebble. For one final round, the lady eagle flies dangerously close to the ground. She then drops the pebble. The singular remaining eagle risks his life to fetch the pebble milliseconds away from it hitting the ground. After proving that he is willing to die for the lady eagle's honor and favor, he is chosen as her mate.
Why the death-defying tests? Why is the lady eagle so cruel? After further studies, the papa eagles that initially pursued the final fallling rock were the most likely to pursue a falling chick after it plummeted to the bottom of a canyon out of its nest. The lady eagle was not playing some perverted version of hard to get. She was attempting to figure out who the best future papa eagle would be? Who would posess enough courage to save his future baby's life? Even at a threat to his own?
The lady eagle refused to settle for the quickest suitor to go after her heart. After careful consideration and a lot of patience, she allowed her future eagle mate to find her. And fight for her. How often do we let the guys fight for us? How often do we ask the Lord to test the hearts of our future eagle man and pick out the absolute best mate for us. Are we willing to wait for the man who would risk his life for us and for our future kiddos? Maybe we should wait for that guy, ask the Lord to do the testing and revealing, and not settle. Maybe we should rest in enough courage to fly on our own for a while.