Like a mother eagle that stirs up her nest and hovers over the young day and night, so too is the Lord with you. Deuteronomy 32:11, 12
Years ago, when I was young, newly married, and in between jobs I knew a little about waiting on God, but not enough to get me through the employment dilemma I found myself in, which had gone on for months.
As I poured through the Scriptures during my devotions for insight and prayed every day for a job to open, I grew very discouraged. I wondered for what possible purpose could God have for not providing a job and home for my wife. Fortunately, during this transition time, we were able to stay with her parents who lived on a beautiful 10-acre farm.
Then one morning while having a devotion by a nearby creek on the south end of the farm I looked up and saw an eagle doing some interesting things with one of its young eaglets. The mother eagle would take it out of the nest and drop it in midair. The young eaglet panicked of course and started flapping its wings wildly. Before hitting the ground, the mother swooped underneath and saved the youngster. Then the mother would climb high and do the whole process over. I didn’t stay after that, but when I returned the following morning to have another devotion, there the young eaglet was flying above on its own.
As I pondered on this, I began to wonder if God was not doing something similar to me in a sense. Was my jobless situation like being cast out of the nest, to help me fly better with my faith and understanding of His love and plan for my life? Possible, very possible I thought as I ended my prayer that morning.
The next day, with this in mind, I read the story of Joseph and was struct about the part of his life when his brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him to a passing caravan. “Where are you, Lord, what did I do, and why,” he must have asked? But as he flapped his wings, one representing his need for a greater faith, and the other a deeper understanding of God’s love, he flew. And you know the story of Joseph who became one of God’s most important ambassadors of the Old Testament.
As I ended my second devotion by the creek, seeing a mother teach her youngster how to fly, and reading about Joseph, I realized what God was doing with me. After a few more weeks, sure enough, God opened the door, for I was ready. What was the job? A position as lead pastor of a church, my first of this type in the ministry. However, there would be other midair drops in my life by the Lord, just as there were for Joseph as he completed God’s will. Read the story of Joseph when you get a chance, it is in Genesis 41.
Now not all trials we encounter are ordained by God to develop our faith and understanding of His love, some come about because of our own disobedience, selfishness, and return to sin. These, God does not ordain but allows us to wade through until we can’t stand it anymore. When we finally realize what we’ve done, and then seek His forgiveness and restoration, He gives it to us immediately. However, in the process, He may change the direction of our lives. In other words, God may change what we will do, because of what we have done. Nevertheless, whatever that may be, it is best for us, others, and His earthly kingdom. Heaven, though, is a different story for it is a whole new beginning for all of us as we will all find out.
So, if you are going through a tough time right now, or go through one in the future, ask yourself, “Did God ordain this for me to develop my spiritual wings, or did I cause my own trial because of my disobedience? In either case, there may be a lot of waiting to be done until God’s will is accomplished in our life. And even though we may think He is taking too long, remember God is never too early or too late in ending a trial
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. His timing is perfect, just as the mother eagle was when dropping her youngster in midair. Like the illustration of the mother eagle, you will never perish, for the Lord is always there to save you if you can’t quite fly yet.
Scripters to hold onto during tough times
For I know the plans that I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
The Lord himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid. Deuteronomy 3:18
The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
Wait on the Lord and be strong; let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord for He is the one who has done all these things. Psalm 27:14
Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all day. Psalm 25:5
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3: 12-14