In Scripture, God uses so many beautiful analogies to encourage His children. I recently read this verse which compares an eagle and its young to God and his own children:
(He cared for them)…like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. Deut. 32:11
The eagle is a magnificent bird. Its hollow lightweight frame is covered with 7000 feathers that allows it to soar as high as 2 miles above the ground. But the eagle doesn’t start with knowing how to fly; it has to be taught in its early stages of life. Once the eaglet loses all its baby feathers, the parent eagle begins to teach the young bird to flap its wings; the adult bird does this by hovering over them and flapping its own wings. The little bird then mimics the parent inside the comfort of the nest; the airflow of the flapping wings causes the little one to rise ever so slightly above the base of the nest. Then, over time, the adult eagle coaxes its hungry young by holding captured-prey in its beak a short distance from the nest. And thus, the growing bird flaps… and follows… and flies…
God is prodding you to fly. He never meant you to stay in the comfort of His “nest.” In this place of safety, you learn from Him, and you begin to mimic Him; but He means for you to soar.
You may be at a crossroads of life, having to step out of your comfort zone into the unknown; trust Him. Or, you may be in a new place of growth in your walk with the Lord and He’s asking you to share your faith, or to give up a habitual sin, or forgive someone that you vowed never to forgive; again, mimic Him, and trust Him as he strengthens your wings. Then, start flapping, and following… and then… fly. Remember, He’s watching over you. If you begin to falter, He will be there to catch and comfort and carry you. Under His care, you will learn to soar into new heights.
Will you respond to His prodding? Or is it too risky? If you choose to take this new leap in your faith, God promises this:
But those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31