unforeseen bills? Any sickness in your family recently? Any
inconveniences or interruptions in your life? Have you complained
lately? Have you asked for release? Have you felt any discomfort in
If so, I have a word for you.
"In a desert land He found him, in a barren and howling waste. He
shielded him and cared for him; He guarded him as the apple of His
eye, like 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. So the LORD alone did lead him…"
Deuteronomy 32:10-12 (NIV)
Life affords many opportunities for ruffled feathers. We should not
be unaware, for the Bible clearly teaches that:
"Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22 (NAS)
God loves you enough to provide for your needs and He loves you enough
to want to see you grow up and mature. He has a purpose for your
life. He has a specific task that He wants you to do. No one else
can do what He has equipped and is equipping you to do. That’s
powerful! So He must stretch us. He must stir us up or we will nest
comfortably until He takes us Home.
Let me explain a little about an eagle and her nest of eaglets.
The eagle pads her nest with downy soft feathers, gentle moss, and
other soft articles she finds.
Her young are loved and cared for as the apple of her eye.
She lovingly instructs, shields and guards her young.
She wants to see them strong. And though she loves them and would not
mind coddling them all her life, she knows that in order for them to
fulfill the purpose for which they were born, one day they must fly.
Learning to fly requires faith, perseverance and often A BIG PUSH!
So, as they grow, she begins to remove the downy soft feathers. She
speaks to them lovingly. She is not mad. She is not tired of them
and meeting their needs. She is just keenly aware of her purpose, and
the purpose of each of her eaglets. She has been blessed to hold them
tightly, but now she has been chosen to set them free to fly.
We sense that we were born for more than just resting in the nest.
But we’re afraid. We complain that "so-and-so" gets all the big
breaks. And when given the chance, we choose the comfortable over
trusting in God alone for the unseen. Instead of seeing
inconveniences and surprising trials as opportunities to grow, we
The mother eagle is very aware of time; even more aware of timing. At
precisely the right moment, she instructs her young that NOW is the
time for them to fly. We are all big talkers while we are safe and
Yet God says the same thing to us, “You were made for the wide open
sky. You were made for more than this. You were made to spread your
wings and fly. I want more for you than the familiar. I want more
for you than muddling through this life. I want you to allow Me to
help you soar. I want you to taste and see that I am good. I have
great and awesome things in store for your life!”
YOU WERE BORN TO SOAR!
Friend, did you know that God enabled some to walk on water? Some to
be healed. Some to see miracles. Some to be enabled to forgive.
Many have come to know their purpose for life. We long for the
indescribable joy of soaring above this world. God teaches us how to
fulfill our purpose to soar.
Is God stirring up your nest right now?
God doesn’t walk behind us yelling, “Go!”
God goes ahead, bidding, “Come!”
He is inviting you to take the next step with Him. He alone will
lead. At times it will seem that He is pushing you over the edge, but
it is not to see you dashed against the rocks below. It is to see you
Do you want more from this life?
Do you want to get to a place where you can see your trial, your
testing, your tribulation or your troubles from a different point of
Then I invite you to trust the One who loves you more than His own
life. I invite you to consider that maybe God is removing some of the
feathers in your nest because He loves you. Remember, the Word of God
says you are the apple of His eye.
If He is stirring up your nest, it is because He wants to take you a
step further toward Him and His purposes for your life. What an
incredible God! He wants more for you.
One last fact about eagles…did you know that when a storm moves into
the area where an eagle is flying and the winds are at a high
velocity, the thunder is rumbling across the canyon, the lightning is
cracking in the sky, that at that very moment, the eagle flies
straight into the eye of the storm. She allows the very winds, that
threaten to overcome her, to be the channel through which she soars
higher and more steadily.
Up, up, up. Up to a place where her view changes!
Only God could think of such a thing as that!
Friend, give to God the area that is threatening to overwhelm you.
Spread your wings. Trust your Heavenly Father. If you start to fall,
He will bear you up on His wings, for you were BORN TO SOAR!
Lord, the storm has been brewing for some time now. I am very
uncomfortable. I have asked you to feather my nest and make me cozy
in this particular situation but I realize that You are much more
concerned with my holiness than my happiness. You are much more
concerned with my Christlikeness than my comfort. I thank You for
reminding me that I am the apple of your eye. You will not let me
fall. You will enable me to go sky-high. I trust You. Please change
my shallow view. Thank You for reminding me I was born to soar.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Brenda Blankenship is a wife, mother of four, Bible teacher, speaker,
author, and composer. Her husband, Hub Blankenship, Jr. pastors
Milestones Church, a church they planted in the fall of 1996. Brenda
asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of 5. She committed her
life to full-time ministry as a junior high student. She holds a
degree in Bible from Columbia International University. She serves as
the Director of Women’s Ministry at Milestones Church.
Her heart cries with the Psalmist, “Teach us, O Lord, to number our
days that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12.