It’s late. All my people here are asleep. And I have been trying to tie up a little work, since I will be computer-less tomorrow. Now I’m done and WIDE AWAKE. This will hurt when spin class rolls around at 9:15 tomorrow.
I am also cell phone-less right now. Mine broke today. It fell to the floorboard of my suburban and since I couldn’t extract it, I opened the door and it just slip-ped to the gravel below (50 extra points if you read that like Anne of Green Gables, who described losing the amethyst brooch, 5 if you knew that I spelled brooch correctly, unless I decide to broach a subject, which I am in fact about to do…).
Anyway, the cell phone SCREAMED. Like it made the sound of a weather or terror alert…and then it stopped. And my world stopped….and crumpled in on itself. No, not really…
This whole day has been just a mess in so many ways. And it has left me brooding a bit. I don’t like to be brood-y. It’s not my best side.
So here is my topic that I want to broach, since I am already feeling a bit edgy.
Did you know that when eagles want their babies to fly they add stones and thorns and uncomfortable sticks, so the eaglets will fly?
(An aside did you also know that a baby porcupine is a porcupette? Our zoo sent this video today of their one pound baby porcupine climbing a tree. It’s pretty cute!)
Back to the eaglets…Well the Bible talks about them in Deuteronomy 32:10-12:
He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him as the apple of his eye.
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
the Lord alone guided him,
no foreign god was with him.
Lately, we Smiths have had some stones in our nest. There’s a list, truly–and no need to go into it here. I’m not sure what all it indicates, yet.
But I know this: God is keeping us. We are the apple of His eye. And when we fly (not if), He will catch us.
So what about you? Have you felt stones or thorns in your nest?
Places that used to be comfy that are no longer a haven?
Has there been some unsettling feeling over something that was once so very, well…settled?
Perhaps God is prompting you to follow Him further on.
Perhaps He is watching to see that His Word is fulfilled in your life–and the place where you now live is no longer the place He wants you to live.
Perhaps He is challenging you and your family to give up everything of ease and comfort and take the road less traveled.
Perhaps….just perhaps, He is calling you to take back your life, your health and even those complacent, hum ho feelings to replace them with an adventure of His own.
His calling on your life is worth it. It is why you are here. It is why we are here.
What if we missed it, by clinging to that, which will not hold long term?
Maybe, just maybe, He has something more to do through your life and mine.
I don’t know, but it is surely worth prayerfully seeking it out, don’t you think?
As I hit publish, I also have my dear friend Beth on my mind. Her brain surgery is at 1 pm mst tomorrow. Will you commit to pray for Beth, please?
To read more about stirring up nests, I liked these thoughts here!
BELOW: We had our last camp out weekend with the boys this past weekend. It was so much fun! We are gearing up to send them both on to their next chapter in the next couple of weeks. It is bitter sweet! We pray with hope, knowing that God will surely be the One catching them, as they learn to fly further on. We have been more blessed than I can say by Jamie and Jo. They have become part of our family. And we love them dearly.