I was driving down Memorial Boulevard on a day in May, just like this one. Suddenly, I slowed down. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. A bird, female judging by her drab coloration, had a beak full of string and grass. She was clearly building a nest somewhere. The weight of what she was carrying was causing her to lose altitude as she flapped her wings as hard as she could. She made it across the road and flew out of my vision up a hill. As I kept my eyes on the road, I felt a great sensation of hopefulness. It stayed with me all the way home.
Later on, I tried to break it down. Where did that feeling of hopefulness come from? That little mother bird was very nearly overwhelmed by the weight of what she was carrying; she could have been flattened against the windshield of a less sympathetic driver. So, where did this great sense of hope come from?
I thought about the fact this little mother bird was determined to build her nest. It was going to be hard, but she wasn't going to give up; never mind the effort, and never mind the dangers. There are a lot of us out there building our nests, one way or another. We get up at a dark and unreasonable hour, put on a pot of coffee, shower and dress for work, putting in the back of our mind the notion that our vehicles need new brakes, there are bills to pay, and someone may need braces, glasses or both. And yet, none of this slows our pace as we leave the house. We are filled with hope. Why?
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
I do not walk out the front door alone; I never have. In the crisp morning air, I sense He is fostering life in the waking world, and I know that if He is enabling life, He will enable me in the building of my own nest. In fact, because I wait for His wisdom and follow it, my chances of success are much greater. It changes how I see the challenges of living. So fly little eagles!
Mike Beverly is senior minister at Indian Springs Christian Church in Kingsport.