I was going through an interesting article on the BBC’s website just a few minutes back.
The article, [http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160926-mongolias-6000-year-tradition ], was about Mongolia’s age old tradition of eagle hunting.
The ethnic Kazakhs are the eagle hunters.
The article also stated that ‘As eagles are fiercely independent, they need to be trained from an early age to create trust.’
Further down the same article, it was stated that these eagles are blindfolded to keep them calm and alert.
This caught my attention.
I decided to research more on this and I found this website talking about falconry hoods: http://jeanene.steeman.org/Falconry-Hoods.aspx
I quote the first paragraph of that article:
“Falcons wear hoods to keep them calm and ensure they are alert when the falconer needs it. A falcon’s sight is up to 10 times better than us humans. This means the bird of prey’s visual stimulus and input is very high and it can see many potential prey targets long before us humans can. This means that a falconer may see a target and release the bird, however the bird has long seen something else that has it’s fancy and goes its own way after its own target, or worse yet it is so frustrated at seeing so many target come and go, it just goes not want to go after prey anymore. The falconer goes not want this and keeps the falcon hooded until he sees the target he wants, then removes the hood and the close (falconers) target will immediately catch the falcon’s eye putting it into hunting mode with the falconers chosen target as prey. The falcons are also trained to go into hunting mode once the hood is removed.”
Therefore, the falconry hoods are necessitated by the fact that the bird’s visual stimulus and input is very high. The bird is meant to target what the falconer desires and not necessarily what it wants. For this to be the case, the bird is to be blindfolded.
Could it be the case that we humans are in need of falconry hoods?
Paul cautioned Timothy under inspiration:
2 Timothy 2:4, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
So many things in this world are attracting our attention from our Master’s will.
Wealth, associates, entertainment, and many other things distract our attention from God.
And when the Master desires our willing service, He finds that we had ‘long seen something else that had our fancy and went our own way after our own targets, or worse yet we were so frustrated at seeing so many targets come and go, we just do not want to go after prey anymore’.
We are the falcons and God is our Falconer.
Put on the falconry hood and do not entangle yourself ‘with the affairs of this life’ that you may please Him who has chosen you to be a good soldier.