"As an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young, He spread abroad His wings and He took them, He bore them on His pinions."
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Parenting 101 seems to be the easier part. Diaper, bathe, love, feed, and train for adulthood. But Parenting 102 poses more difficulties today since many of our little ones are branded with a diagnosis and show little promise of leaving the nest.
Baby eagles spend the first three months of their lives in the comfortable nest their parents have prepared. But the eagles get a big surprise when they are about twelve weeks old. Their mother suddenly begins to throw all of their toys out of the nest.
Next, she begins to pull out all of the comfortable material in the nest-- the feathers and animal fur-- and leaves the babies sitting on thorns and sticks. This is what the Bible means when it mentions the mother eagle "stirs up her nest." The reason she stirs the nest is that she wants her babies to get out and fly.
Before long, the mother eagle begins to nudge them out of the nest. The little eaglets, who have no idea how to fly, fall through the sky, probably very frightened. Soon, though, they hear a "whoooooosh" as the mother eagle swoops up under them to catch them. At that point, the mother eagle takes the babies right back up to the net and then nudges them out again. She repeats this process over and over again, until they finally understand that they have no choice but to fly.
The mother eagle does this because she loves them and wants them to have the best lives they can possibly have. Most eaglets won't get out of the nest without this push. Similarly many children will choose comfort over a challenge unless they have not choice at all.
What type of issues are you facing with your children as the broach adulthood? Are you stumped with a disability that requires much attention? Are you kids afraid to leave the nest because they have food on the table, laundry done, and virtually no chores to attend? Are they comfortable because their is no rent you're asking?
How are you preparing them for adulthood when you are not here any longer? What steps have you made to "push them out of the nest?" Have you looked into assisted living for special needs? Do you push their comfort zones? Do you begin making their stay a bit more uncomfortable for those that work and flop home? Some how some way, we must prepare them for life alone without us.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "help my children fly."
Help me to meditate each day: "teach me to not be an enabler."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.