Leaving the Nest
No parent, whether bird, animal, or human, wants its young to stay in the nest, den, or home, forever. It’s a natural part of becoming an adult to move out from our parents’ home to establish our own. Sometimes economic and health issues prevent our kids from “leaving the nest”, but that is the exception.
Moses had observed that parent eagles often had to “stir the nest” to make it uncomfortable for their eaglets. They did it to encourage their young to enter “flight school”. Though the eaglet may misunderstand its parents’ actions, the removal of comfort is an act of tender care and love. Its parents know that without the ability to fly, the young eagle won’t survive and thrive.
In watching these majestic creatures train their young to soar high in the sky, Moses realized that God is “like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.” (Deuteronomy 32:11). God pushes us out of the nest so that we will mature. When we fail, God doesn’t sit back and watch us plummet. He swoops down beneath us and catches us, carrying us on His pinions until we succeed and fly on our own.
This blog is not about ways to get our kids to leave home. Its purpose is to highlight how God is using the time the orphans in India and Rwanda live in the homes of our partners, or attend their vocational training schools. Because of your faithful donations, they are able to grow up in safe and loving homes. Those that don’t learn a trade are able to pursue college to enter a profession. Eventually, though, each orphan leaves the home to establish their own.
At Apple of His Eye Charity, we consider that a home run. These kids grow up to be mature followers of Christ. Then they leave the nest to fly to other areas to be God’s witnesses. Your donations are resulting in the Gospel being spread to wherever these young eagles choose to fly.