Get out of Your Nest – Part 1
Did you know that an eagleintentionally pushes her eaglets outside their nest to teaches them to fly? We may wonder if this is because the eagle does not care about the eaglet, or because she doesn’t know how to be a good mother eagle. However,neither of these reasons are true. An eagle literally kicks her newly born eaglets out of the nest because she knows that this is the only way they will ever learn to fly. As long as the eaglet remains in the comfort of the nest, s/he will not develop the ability to do what s/he was created to do – fly. As with eaglets, so we Christians also need to be pushed out of our “nests” or comfort zones in order to learn how to soar like eagles. In the Bible, we can see where God used this principle with both Abraham and Moses. In this first part of a two-part article, I will illustrate how God used this principle in the story of Abraham. In Part 2, I will discuss how this same principle, in turn, was used with Moses.
God Tells Abram (who later was renamed Abraham)to Leave His Father’s House
According to Genesis 12:1-3:“The Lord had said to Abram “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’
Why did God tell Abram to leave his father’s house and to leave his country in order to be blessed? Why was it necessary for Abram to leave everything and everyone that he knew and move to a foreign place? Could it be that God’s vision for Abram was greater than his household, and even his own country? Or was it a case where, like Jesussaid,a prophet gets no honor in his own country?
According to Mark 6:4 “Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own house.”
Perhaps God knew that in order for Abram to fulfil His designedpurpose,Abrammust leave the place where there was no honor for him. Even though the bible makes no mention of Abram being dishonoured in his own country, God may have told Abram to leave because He knew that Abram would be experiencing dishonour from his own family and friends, and thus be prevented from fulfilling his purpose and blossoming into the man that God had intended him to become.
Was it that Abram’s family was not a part of God’s plan for his future success? Although this can be seen as harsh coming from a good God, webelieve that God is good and only does what is best for His children. Since He is an all-knowing, omniscient God, He knew what the future held, and what the repercussions would have been if Abram had stayed in his comfort zone.
In life, unfortunately, we may find at times that it is our very own family, relatives and loved ones who are holding us back. Although hard to accept, this is often true. In the case of Abram, it was not until he and his nephew Lot separated, that God began to show Abraham His vision. Even though he loved Lot, he knew that the best course of action for all concerned was to part company, so as to avoid trouble down the road.
Some who continue to live with their parents well into adulthood will not know how to cope properly on their own. This is because they have become accustomed to having their parents making decisionsfor them, and take care of things for them that they are fully capable of doing for themselves. This cripples people and keeps them from fulfilling their God-given purpose in life.
As Christians, there are times when God kicks us “out of the nest.” He may put us in unfamiliar situations in which we feel uncomfortable. However, each situation should not be seen as a punishment, but simply as a training ground for us because God wants to take us to a higher level. When we find ourselves in these types of circumstances, we may believe that God has abandoned us, or not care about us. But that is far from the truth. Just like the eagle, God wants us to be fully developed and able to function and even soar on our own.
Abram must have wondered if it was really God who was telling him to leave his family and the comforts of home. Yet he chose not to question God, to be obedient and leave the country. It was only when he chose to leave the nest as instructed by God, that he began to prosper and receive God’s blessings.
Do you want to fly like an eagle? Then leave your comfort zone. Whereas this does not necessarily mean that you have to leave your family or your country as was the case with Abram, it does mean that you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It means that you need to stretch yourself and allow yourself to have new experiences regardless of feelings of discomfort. As Christians, it is vital that we learn to fly like eagles. Only then can we reach our full potential and soar.
- S. Klu