The Bird’s Nest


When a young bird’s feathers and wing muscles are developed enough for flight, the bird’s parents will often push it out of the nest. With some species of bird, this can be a spectacular free fall from a dizzying height. With others, it’s not the fall they have to worry about but the predators that are waiting for them to leave the safety of the nest.

The danger outside the nest serves a purpose for the young fledgling. Its fear adds urgency to the need to develop new skills. If it learns to adapt to its new environment, it survives. With practice, it thrives. The fledgling gets stronger and develops the ability to fly, to find its own food and to raise its own young.  The whole process is ordained by God to make baby birds into fully functioning adult birds.

Putting the process into psychological terms, you could say that the bird’s nest is for the baby bird what our comfort zone is for us.  It’s a safe place, a comfortable place.  It’s what the young bird is familiar with.  But the bird can’t grow much in its first nest.  To grow and develop skills needed for survival, it has to leave the nest.  If the fledgling’s parents allowed it to stay, they wouldn’t be doing it any favors.

When we face a difficult and intimidating change in our lives, God is pushing us out of our nest.  He’s forcing us out of our comfort zone so that we can grow and develop new skills, knowledge and understanding.  While it may seem uncaring or even mean-spirited to force us to go through the change, you can be sure that God does it out of love.  He knows that the only way to prepare us for the ministry He has planned for us is to put us into a situation where it’s “fly” or “fall.”

Whatever the result (fly or fall), God can bring good out of it.  Romans 8:28 tells us that:

And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, have been called according to his purpose. (emphasis mine)

Even when we land square on our faces (or on our backsides), God uses it.  He doesn’t waste anything.  He’ll keep pushing us out of the nest until we get it right.  Then, we get a bigger nest (a.k.a. our comfort zone).  But we shouldn’t get too comfortable, because the process repeats over and over throughout our lives.  Before long, God will push us out of that nest, too.

It’s true that God loves us exactly the way we are, but it’s also true that He loves us too much to leave us that way.

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6 responses to “The Bird’s Nest

  1. mike

    what happens when if we jump out of the nest an God didn ‘t want us to. Our wings weren’t ready for flight but we went ahead of God?

  2. Ignoring the fact that this is a thinly veiled jab at our decision to move to Thailand ;0)… I think this happens all the time. In a sense, we say, “Okay, God, I see where you’re going with all this spiritual development stuff. I’ll take it from here.” And we jump. Sometimes He catches us. Sometimes He lets us fall. But no matter what, Romans 8:28.

  3. trish prouty

    I think you are right God uses it for good even if we don’t see that “good” for quite a long time if at all. The good is not always for us but for the kingdom.
    We were put in a tough nest and am just now seeing how we grew and why he put us there. I also think HE uses these prickly nest to teach us lessons and when we refuse to learn the lesson HE keeps trying to teach by moving us to new nest. Here’s to being in the nest God has put us in!
    Love you guys

  4. trish prouty

    I think you are right God uses it for good even if we don’t see that “good” for quite a long time if at all. The good is not always for us but for the kingdom.
    We were put in a tough nest and am just now seeing how we grew and why he put us there. I also think HE uses these prickly nest to teach us lessons and when we refuse to learn the lesson HE keeps trying to teach by moving us to new nest. Here’s to being in the nest God has put us in!
    Love you guys

  5. mike

    dude you did the same thing you did in your book gave a scripture but didn’t write it out. Whats up with that??
    love you

  6. mike – there’s this book, it’s called the Bible. and when you see scriptures referenced, they might look something like john 3:16, or genesis 1:1, you should go and find your Bible and look them up. then you can read them. or if your Bible happens to be in your car where you left it after church last week then you can go to http://www.biblegateway.com and look it up there…

    you know i love you, right? and i’m just joking, right?

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