March 14–Stirred Nests, God’s Flight Plan

God wants us to trust Him and, like an eagle, learn to fly with Him. Often times, however, we’d rather stay in our nests–in our own comfort zones. We want to maintain and protect our known ways of doing things. It’s just easier that way.

Leaving our nests is risky business. Flying is riskier still.

We don’t always realize that God’s stirring up our nests is out of His deep love for us that would move us to greater strength, truth and freedom.  Just as baby eagles don’t get it when they are first stirred up and pushed out of their nests. They, and we, don’t realize yet the heights to which we were created to soar.

We need to trust God’s wisdom as He stirs us up, and pushes us out of our comfort zones, so that we will receive the power and purpose God has for us to fly with Him to heights not even imagined!

We need to trust God’s unfailing love that hovers over us, catches us and carries us as we learn to match our flight plans to His!

the LORD 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.  Deuteronomy 32:11

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                           I have learned had to learn to hold all things loosely so I may more freely fly and fully live in my relationship with Jesus.

My only REAL nest–my only REAL comfort zone is trusting God even when things don’t make sense.

It doesn’t make sense for little eaglets–all comfy, warm, perfectly well-fed to suddenly be stirred up and pushed out of the comfort of their nests. But it is the only way for them to fly–and attain the fullness of their created purpose.

  • For me, it didn’t make sense to forgive the unforgivable and choose to love those who had treated me hatefully. But Jesus’ death for the forgiveness of ALL sins doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either–but it is the very wisdom and power of God that came from HIS incomprehensible love for ALL of us! It was only through God’s forgiveness and love to me, and through me, that brought God’s deep healing and freeing transformation into my life.
  • It didn’t make sense for us to pack up a 2 year old and a 3 month old (born with a hole in her heart) and move to France–where we (at first) didn’t speak the language. But our understanding of our God as the God of All creation, All nations and All peoples grew in deep, lasting, tangible ways. God used this time to show us how small and completely dependent on Him we really are. God moved us (at least a little bit) out of our limited perception of God and the different peoples of this world He had created. And what fabulous–albeit, at times, uncomfortable–adventures we had in the learning process!
  • It didn’t make sense to stir up our lives again when Erin and Julia were teens and move away from our comfortable home, good friends, good schools, established jobs and our loving church family.  But! God’s non-sensical (aka: wise) stirring led to great growth, deeper faith and life paths that none of the four of us could ever have imagined before God’s hard loving push out of our comfort zone. (The ministry birth of Transformed by Grace was just one of those stirred-up,  flight-plans of God!)
  • For you, to follow God’s stirrings out of your comfort zone, it may never entail learning a foreign language or changing your address (several times!). But! It may be God’s Spirit urging you to reach out to share the love of Jesus with someone in your family, in your neighborhood, at work or school.

    Maybe God is stirring you up to reach out to someone who is lonely or in need–on any level, anywhere in the world. From the forgotten grandmother in a nursing home or the little boy who always seems to be playing outside by himself. Maybe you’re being stirred to make a meal for a sick friend or send a care package to a soldier or a soldier’s family–even if they don’t know you.

    God’s stirrings will come in different ways to each of us as He calls us out of our comfort zones. And I know that leaving the comfort of our nests is risky.

    But! I am convinced that ignoring the stirrings of God’s heart and will for our lives is far riskier to our well-being, and the quality of our lives, on every level–mentally, physically, relationally, spiritually.

    When we choose to hold all things loosely EXCEPT for our relationship with and trust in our Lord Jesus, we have greater freedom to spread our wings to fly and grow in intimacy and unimaginable ways with our God!

    It’s worth the risk because God alone is our REAL comfort zone! And the views and adventures while soaring according to God’s flight plan are spectacular!

    In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane