This morning as I was reading my devotion out of my Mom’s Streams in the Dessert I couldn’t help but think of ALL the times the Lord threw me out of the nest…yet He ALWAYS caught me right before I landed face-first on the concrete.
Today’s Scripture: Deuteronomy 32:10-12
He found him in a desert land
And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled him, He instructed him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.
As an eagle satires up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,
So the Lord alone led him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
The devotion went on to share about a little plant who was small and its growth was stunted because it lived under the shade of an Oak tree.
Oh, how it loved the shade and the tranquility of resting under that oak.
But one day a man came along and cut down the oak tree leaving this little plant to be exposed now to the sun, wind, and rain. It cried out in fear because its shelter was taken away and it thought that every strong wind will blow it and every storm will try to uproot it.
But its guardian angel was there and reassured the plant that not only will the winds and storms not uproot you but your stunted growth will be no more. You will spring up into loveliness, and your flowers, which never could grow to full perfection in the shade, will laugh in the sunshine.
This reminds me of a story my sister shared with me about a plant that she moved from one place to another in her house and the plant started growing like crazy.
You know how the saying goes, “Grow where you’re planted.”
That’s not always the case.
Sometimes God has to move you or move people/things/circumstances out of our way “so that” we can grow fully into the man or woman He created us to be.
Looking back over my life and all the times I thought for sure I wasn’t going to make it through…one thing ALWAYS happened…Yahweh caught me!
He carried me on his wings when I couldn’t fly. When the storms of life were raging all around me, He held me in His arms, comforted me, strengthened me, and then sent me back out again.
One last thing I’ll leave you with today is a sentence in this devotion that spoke volumes to me and I pray it encourages you today.
When God places a burden upon you, He places His arms underneath you.
Now go and fly, go and grow and allow the Lord to uncover those gifts He has given to you to bring Him glory.