3.1.2018 [DAY 3]
Scriptures: As an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young, He spread abroad His wings and He took them, He bore them on His pinions. Deuteronomy 32:11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition.
Like an eagle that shakes its nest, that flies over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His wings. New Life Translation.
Here are some more observations of Eagles from ornithology and the Bible:
STIRRING THE NEST
Eventually, parent eagles return to the nest less frequently and with less food. When parents do return they may thrash about removing the comforts lining the nest. Bewildered, frustrated, and confused the eaglet moves, branches out of the nest, and begins to test out her wings out of desperation. Frustration, hunger, and discomfort are her parents’ intention.
The parents wisely know that without this disruptive environment their young will not grow, learn, and develop the essential skills for survival. Though the eaglet does not understand this at the time, the lack of food and removal of comfort is an act of tender care and love, a gift of provision by her parents who know that without the ability to fly, she cannot survive and thrive. Unknown to the eaglet, the parents are giving her the gift of flight . . . the gift of life.
Faith for the Christian is like flight for an eagle: essential to survive and thrive. Often times we feel like an eaglet: striving, flapping, flustered. Yet as we flap, forage, and fluster, our strength is given. Much like the eaglet bewildered by her parents, we may be bewildered by our Father God’s actions (or lack thereof). We may even feel our Father has forgotten us, abandoned us, or withheld good from us, sidelined us and benched us.
Yet, as the Lord did for the Israelite’s in the desert, so he encircles us, he cares for us, he keeps us as the apple of his eye. Though it may feel painful, and confusing, in stirring our nest, shaking our world and breaking up our comfort zone, our heavenly Father is actually giving us the gift of life . . . the gift of faith . . . the gift of flight.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Application: Ponder for a moment! Is there any area of your life where you feel unsettled, confused, misused or underused? Do you feel like your life’s being shaken but until now you’ve been unstirred, unmoved, comfortable? However, you are getting itchy feet, you long to fly and soar, you’re hungry for more of God and you are getting more and more dissatisfied with your comfort zone? Well, JOIN THE CLUB!! So too am I! Therefore I am doing this study as much for myself as yourselves! So, join me in prayer and make my prayer your own!
Prayer: Heavenly and loving Father God. I feel so unsettled and dissatisfied in certain area of my life. If it is you that’s stirring my nest, my comfort zone because it’s time to move on, time to fly the nest and soar much higher, then please keep shaking me and stirring me till I take off, fly and do what I’m destined to do. Thank you Lord Amen.