‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Exodus 19:4 NLT
Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, so he spread his wings to take them up and carried them safely on his pinions. Deuteronomy. 32:11 NLT
Imagine the picture: high up on a cliffside there is what looks like an ungainly pile of sticks. But if we could get above it, and look down on it, we would realize that it is an eagle’s aerie, and that there are several chicks in it. They are clearly hungry, hopping around the nest squawking. Where is their mother with food? One of them, bigger than the rest, hops up on the edge of the nest, balancing precariously, scanning the sky, craning his head this way and that. Suddenly, the mother swoops down with a rabbit held in her talons. But as she comes by, she almost casually taps the eaglet with her wing and he goes tumbling off into space. He falls through the air, flailing about, flapping his stubby wings, crying in fright. What was the mother thinking? Did she hate him, want to kill him? But at the last moment, when it seems he must crash on the rocks below, here she comes, effortlessly sweeping under him, and he plops onto her back, gazing about with terrified wonder as she soars up and up, finally tipping him off into the nest. How many times more must that happen until finally the little one gets the idea and realizes he too can fly?
Have you felt pushed off the nest? Have you wondered what in the world God is doing, treating you in such a cavalier and thoughtless way? Does he hate you? No, he does not. But so long as we are safely in the nest, demanding that he meet our needs, impatient with his slowness, we will never learn that he is absolutely trustworthy. We will never come to the place where we can dare for him and receive wonders from him that are beyond our imaginings. The Hebrews in Egypt were in the nest, crying out for God to do something for them. When he pushed them out of the nest into the Sinai Desert, they had to learn to trust him. So do we. Are you ready to fly?