"...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."
That first flight for a fledgling eagle has to be quite frightening. The nest is high on the face of a cliff, or atop the branches of a Douglas fir. The young birds first stretch and flap inside the nest; they ultimately climb onto the edge of the nest; then they jump up a bit, flapping their untested wings again. Not uncommonly, the mother eagle has to give them a push to force them to launch into that first flight.
That flight is usually quite feeble and erratic; but at just the right moment, the mother bird swoops under the struggling young one and allows it to settle onto her back for a return to the nest. That may happen several times before the young successfully launches into its soaring flight that we all know as a trademark of the majestic eagle.
God sometimes takes us to the edge of our comfort zone. Jesus’ command to “Go into all the world” can be a daunting task. But if He pushes us out into any service that He may ask of us, we can be sure He will be there to bear us up lest we fail!
"THE ETERNAL GOD
IS YOUR REFUGE,
AND UNDERNEATH ARE
THE EVERLASTING ARMS."