I recently came across a story shared by my uncle, Brian Rupe and thought it had so many important lessons to share. Over the course of the next few weeks I will attempt to put parts of this story here. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
Deuteronomy 32:10-11 “…He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.”
Enoch Part 1
The fledgling eagle was named Enoch. He was an only child and grew up in a large nest carefully prepared by both his mother and father. The nest had been in the family for several years and its size had been added to every year, growing to 6 feet across and 8 feet deep. Enoch’s Florida relatives had built a nest 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep, estimated to weigh almost 3 tons; the largest known Bald Eagle nest in the world!
As all baby eagles, Enoch really loved his nest and his life. The soft feathers placed for his bed made sleeping a pure delight and the daily menu of sushi, fresh from the Mississippi river could not have tasted better. Both mom and dad had helped to build his home and sat on him as an egg to keep him warm. He loved looking up into the blue sky watching their amazing soaring flight patterns as they effortlessly circled higher and higher on the warm thermals.
Life could not have been any better until one day it was clear that mom and dad were both wanting Enoch to begin discovering the world for himself. You see, life had become too comfortable for Enoch and they knew that in order for him to find success in life, he would need to learn how to fly. They showed up less frequently with meals and Enoch’s growling stomach was motivating him to find food on his own.
Have you ever been uncomfortable with your life? Have you ever felt hungry for something but uncertain as to what it is? The stirring of the nest mentioned in Deuteronomy can also refer to helping someone wake up. The seasons of discontent can be opportunities to wake up to a new understanding of who God is and who you are as His child. Take advantage of discomfort as a gift. The danger is filling that hunger with things that are harmful. Go after God and allow Him to satisfy your deepest desire.