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Leaving the Eagle's Nest

Listen to Leaving the Eagle's Nest

Have you ever had an experience where you thought you were doing the will of God and then all of a sudden, you felt like you were being beaten down from every direction by trials and temptations. How did you respond? Did you doubt God had lead you? After all, there is no way God would lead you directly into the path of trials and temptations, would He? Have you ever heard the voice of God telling you to do something you didn't want to do. What happened if you ignored His voice?

Let's look at an Old Testament illustration quickly. "For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him" Deuteronomy 32:9-12.

These few verses may seem to say very little and may even seem insignificant, but when we look at what actually happens between a mother eagle and her young, we are given a beautiful picture of God and how He deals with us, His erring children.

An eagle will build a nest on top of a tall tree or on a cliff where predators would have difficulty reaching the young. The nest itself may be as tall as five feet and over three feet wide. When the young are at the age where the mother eagle feels it time for them to leave the nest, she will coax them to the top of the nest and urge them to fly. If they will not be coaxed to leave the nest, she will begin to take the nest apart, stick by stick. Over time, she will totally destroy the nest, if necessary, so the young eagle(s) will have to leave their former home.

When the mother eagle does succeed in getting the eaglet (Junior) to the top of the nest, she now nudges it off the nest into the open air. Keep in mind where the nest is? The eaglet has only two choices: fly or fall. Mother will fly just above Junior and if Junior can not fly, mom will sweep down and catch him on her back and take him back to the nest. After a little while, mom will again attempt to get Junior to fly. She will do the same thing, taking apart more of the nest and nudging Junior out into the sky again and again, day after day, until one day, off he goes into the horizon.

Isn't that just a beautiful picture. You know, that is the same way God deals with us sometimes, too. There is one difference, though. Even when we do fly off, He is still with us. In my own experience, I find myself ignoring God's command sometimes and before long, everything and everyone that I was depending on starts becoming extremely undependable. It doesn't take long to start getting sea sick and I realize that God is reminding me once more to keep my eyes on Him, not what is around me. Sometimes it gets to the point that I feel God is going to completely destroy my "security nest". Have you ever experienced this? Then you know just what I am talking about.

With this in mind, when a big challenge comes and you are wanting to run away from it rather than face it, remember one thing. . . God may start taking your security nest apart one piece at a time until you get up and conquer the obstacle. So what are you waiting for? Go get it!

Written by Jason P Knarr

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