When baby eagles are first born, the mother eagle will build the nest in which to raise up her newborns in the wilderness, away from mainstream society. This is done so she can raise them up without any type of harm coming to them. In the same way, the Lord will sometimes build up His eagles in a wilderness-type setting. Moses was in the backside of the desert for 40 years before God called him out to complete the greatest deliverance mission of all time. David was in the caves of the wilderness for a number of years, possibly 13-15, before he was called out by God to become the greatest king that Israel has ever had. (Taken from: Traits of the Eagle and How It Pertains To Our Christian Walk by: Michael Bradley)
Wilderness: an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region. From that definition, I can understand why an eagle would build it’s nest there, away from all the danger and unwanted attention. The wilderness seems like a safe place for a birth and an upbringing, if you’re an eagle. But what if you’re the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for all those years, unable to cross over into the land promised to you? Or, what if you’re David living in caves in the wilderness, hiding from your enemy who wants to kill you? Would it seem like such a great place to be?
I feel like I’m in a wilderness right now with this stay at home order. My house has become my cave where I’m hiding from the enemy, Covid-19. This enemy wants to devour, kill and destroy. But, this current wilderness we are in is designed for our safety and the safety of others. God designed the wilderness experience then and He’s still designing it now.
I have found myself in the wilderness on several occasions, feeling like the darkness and loneliness were never going to leave me. When strife and disharmony seemed to be taking over my being. Where do I go that He is not there? Who can I turn to for guidance and support? How can I get beyond this feeling of isolation in the wilderness of my own mind? I’m not alone. I’m never alone. Jesus is always with me, no matter where I am.
It’s in the wilderness that I am at attention, waiting for what my Lord will do next! I’m waiting for how I can be used to bring glory to Him. It’s in these times of waiting that I am most vulnerable, yet expectant of what God is doing. In these wilderness moments, I am most available for growth and change. In these times we can choose growth, even though we feel afraid. Are you feeling like you’re in your wilderness setting? Are you waiting on the Lord to reveal your calling? It’s in the waiting where we can find our strength.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
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