But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31, KJV
In our former home, in the crevice of a corner on our front porch, birds would frequently make nests. The nests were well woven with twigs, leaves, and some kind of fluffy substance. I could hear the birds chirping and from time to time, see momma bird bring worms to her babies. The nest, however, was only meant for smaller birds. Once the birds were strong enough to fly, they were nudged out of the nest by mother bird.
I never saw a large bird crouched down inside of the nest. Instinctively, they understood that the nest was too small for them. Yet, there are times when we as humans miss the cue that a season in certain “nests” is over. We miss the message that it is time to mount up and fly away. When we try to remain in a space or a place beyond our designated season, frustration, anxiety, depression, regret and even bitterness can set in.
If you are experiencing the above named feelings frequently, could it be that the expanse of your wings has outgrown the size of your nest? No matter what our season, we will encounter difficulties, times of uncertainty and periodic questions. That is life. But if we find ourselves consumed with feelings that oppress, debilitate and squelch our growth, rob us of joy and block us from peace, then possibly, our wings are too broad for our nest.
Could God be calling you to a new place, a new encounter, a new experience, a new dimension of ministry? Has God been nudging your heart, pricking your conscience and pressing your spirit to move forward? Rather than remaining in torment, ask the Lord to show you how to expand your wings and fly. While it is important to resist the temptation to be impetuous, understand that “waiting on the Lord,” means more than sitting and doing nothing. To wait on the Lord is to “serve” Him. Our strength increases as we seek to serve the Lord as His Spirit directs. Greater opportunities to serve exist. There is more for you than the nest you have outgrown.
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Until next Wednesday, In Faith, Hope and Perseverance, Pastor Chris