Every day I come to work, I drive through the same gate. It’s a beautiful gate, really a bridge, that let’s you onto base. As you cross the water, there is an old dock, out of service at this point. While it does not provide space for people to use, a certain Osprey (Sea Hawk) has taken it to nest her young. Every day I drive on the bridge, she is there, nesting and feeding her 2 young Osprey’s. Wikipedia tells me that the birds will stay in that nest for 8-10 weeks, until it is time for them to take flight, and eventually be on their own. This part of the process is called fledging. But for those 8-10 weeks, the mother takes complete care of the babies, tending to their every need. She will even sacrifice her food supply so the babies survive. But there comes that time, almost instinctively, when the mother knows that it is time for the babies to do their own thing. If birds were capable to think like humans do, this moment in the young birds life would be a troublesome time, knowing that the big vast world lies ahead. They would certainly be afraid knowing that the nest, and the old dock it’s built on, will no longer keep them safe from everything. Maybe you see where I am going with this, if not, let me explain.
In this scenario, God is the adult Osprey, we are the babies. From the time we are born, we are in that spiritual nest. We go to church, study the word, and continually grow our faith in The Lord. Then one day (most certainly not 8-10 weeks), God tells us it is time to go, time to take that first flight. He feels comfortable enough knowing that we can handle that flight, and go out into the world. The timing for this “flight” is different for everyone. To be honest with you, I think the green light for me was just about 3 months ago. Yep, instead of 8-10 weeks, it took me 24+ years. I should point out that there is a distinct difference in using the term fledging, and fledgling. The latter means that the bird will continue to be dependant on it’s parent to take care of it. I am a fledgling in the spiritual sense (and my mom may say the physical too, just depends). I rely on Jesus for my spiritual feeding, and I know that I can’t tackle the world without continuing to fly back to him.
I look at it this way: God has been prepping Emily and I for this situation for a while now. He was equipping two totally un-equipped individuals to undertake a journey they had no original right taking. We prayed, read, and spoke with people during this whole process. When God allowed Harrison to come home, I fully believe is the same time He told Emily and I, “It’s time for you to go. Fly and spread My word. Know that I will always be here. It will be tough, and you WILL have bumps, and you WILL get bruises. But know that I will always be here to fly back to. I will nurse you back to health. Remember that you cannot do this without me. Now go.”
A few things I would like to point out. First, you will not find in the Bible a place where God says he won’t give you something you can’t handle. I fall into the lure of saying that, but in all honesty, it is not there. If He never gave us something we could not handle, there would be no need for God, because we would be self-sufficient. However, I do wholly believe that WITH God, there is nothing we can’t get through. It says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Secondly, I believe we are ALL spiritual fledglings, or we should be. The second you think you can get through something without God, is the second that the devil will snatch you up.
I was talking with a very dear friend of mine today. I used this analogy as well. We are all in a spiritual war. Our opponent, the devil, exists in many forms. It may be in the form of tough decisions to make, alcohol, drugs, finances, health. We are all in the front line, fighting. Back in revolutionary time, each unit of the military would have its own place to fight. The foot soldiers would be in the front, and more specifically, the Field General would be in the rear. He would sit on his horse and check out the overall scope of battle. The perspective of a foot soldier is vastly different than that of the Field General. The soldier see’s directly in front of him, and many times it seems like they may be overwhelmed. That’s precisely why the FIeld General is in the rear. He dictates where re-enforcements need to come in, to hold the line. God is our Field General, and while we are fighting these spiritual battles, while we are feeling completely overwhelmed, He will call in the reinforcements right on time. I believe that reinforcement’s could come in the form of a phone call from a friend, or one of the many other ways God sends us that message to say “I am with you.”
I know this has been a very long post, but I have had alot on my mind. I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to read and share this. You may not know, but you serve as my “reinforcements” every time I get a comment, text, phone call. It let’s me know that even though the situation is still rough, God is with me. We love each and every one of you.