Friday, February 26, 2010

Eagles Nest

Self Pity is not good, but I was feeling a bit blue that day. My life was being stirred.

I was thinking about the baby eagle that has had some of the soft cushions removed so it will leave the nest. At least that was the way I remembered it. In searching for the story I came up with some interesting information.

Supposedly, when the mother eagle begins building her nest, she makes the first layer out of thorns and sharp sticks. The next layer is soft and comfortable. Now when she wants to encourage her nestlings to fly, she "stirs the nest," digging through that comfortable layer to the thorns beneath, so that the young eagles will be persuaded to leave.

Unfortunately, while this is a nice story repeated endlessly in sermons and on Christian websites, I can't seem to find any facts to support the "stirring the nest" theory.

But it is a nice comparison. Even the "thorns" is not scriptural; it is one of those nice bits of tradition that has been retold so often that many people now believe it is scripture.

In truth, it seems that when Mama Eagle wants her fledglings to fly, she just dumps them over the edge. But not to worry - - she then swoops down and catches her young with her wings. They are safe and can try to learn to fly another day.

Deuteronomy 32:11 As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them and bears them on her wing - - -

In your world, does it seem at times that the nest is being stirred or could it be that (you) the little eagle just might get dumped out of the nest? Is it time for you to fly or to learn to fly?

Many are finding their work situation intolerable. Others are being shoved out of their comfort zone. Your nest is different than mine but take heart. You have one who will scoop you up and show you new things. God is ever mindful of you and he will always be there.

You are never too old or too young to learn and to reach out to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. So take a deep breath, move those wings and practice flapping them a bit. You will be getting stronger with each practice flight so keep it up.

Even if you find it difficult at first, with God’s assistance, you can soon learn to be a flight instructor! Believe it - - - with God all things are possible.

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