By Chaplain (Capt.) Georgel Oanca
Special to GUIDON
Maybe it’s time to grow up.
The following excerpt from Dr. Randy Rudisell’s “Becoming Mature for Jesus” highlights how the Lord promotes personal growth in our lives:
“The eagle always builds her nest in the tallest trees on the loftiest mountain ledges.
Someone who has observed the majestic bird constructing her home relates that she first lays down briers, jagged stones, and all kinds of sharp objects which would seem to be unsuitable for her purpose.
She then covers this structure with a thick layer of wool, feathers, and the fur of animals she has killed. This makes the nesting place soft and comfortable — a delightful sanctuary where she may hatch her young.
But the eaglets will not remain in their inviting cradle for long. The day will come when the mother will stir up the nest.
With her sharp talons she will tear away some of the soft, downy lining so that her little ones will feel the sharp edges underneath. Up to this time, their food had been dropped in their mouths, but now the young birds become so miserable that they are willing to get out and begin looking for their own.
This is the mother’s objective. She is not being cruel, but is instinctively producing discontent with the old life of ease and spurring them on to full development.”
The Lord often sends the barbs of adversity to rouse us from our complacency so that we may learn to lift our soul heavenward and move onto maturity in our faith.
Strength comes from struggle, but weakness comes from a life of ease. If the sharp thorns and flinty stones of affliction are irritating you, it is God’s grace in action.
A stirred up nest is a token of God’s special love. Spread your wings of faith, and soar to new heights of blessing.
Dear Father, help me to accept the discomforts and difficulty of life as part of your divine plan for my personal and spiritual growth. Amen.
(Editor’s note: Oanca is a chaplain with the 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment.)