Speaking Our Language

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.

Phil. 2:5-7

It had been snowing for twenty-four hours. Knowing that it had been a hard winter, I filled the bird feeder with an extra supply of birdseed. A short while later, a small  bird appeared in the yard. Obviously weak, hungry, and cold, he pecked at the snow, searching for food. How helpless I felt watching this. I wanted to go out and point to the feeder. But, if I opened the door the bird would be frightened off. Then I realized that only if I were another bird could I fly with him, identify with his hunger and cold, and let him know that I understood and cared.

Our God, looking at us, knew that He must become one of us in order that we might know His love. Jesus disclosed God’s character through a willingness to be transparent and vulnerable. How grateful I am that God reached out to me in a language I could understand. Because He reached out and loved me first, I am capable of truly loving others.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you have allowed me to know you. Thank you that you know and understand all of me, and yet you continue to approach me. Thank you that as I have the courage to share myself with others, I know myself, them, and you better.


When To Let Go

An eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings.

Deut. 32:11

I was sitting in church one evening, shortly after I had my second child. We were in a prayer group, sharing our requests. And one of the older women said something I’ll never forget: “Your children are only yours for a little while. God has loaned them to you, to prepare them for serving Him.” That really bothered me. I thought of letting my babies go to be missionaries in a faraway land. I didn’t think I could do it. Now, seventeen years later, I realize how wise that woman was. The oft repeated statement in sentimental cards says we must give our children “roots and wings.” Real roots come from a strong faith in Christ-a faith we model and teach every day. Our children will have roots if they grow up in a home where the stability of the parent’s is found in God and God’s Word.

Wings are more difficult to give. We can’t just hand over a complete set of brand-new wings and expect our children to “fly.” Instead, think of adding one feather at a time. We must daily give our children added responsibilities, so they will be equipped to go out on their own when the time comes.

Prayer:  Teach me, Lord, when it is appropriate to carry those who are dependant on me and when it is more loving to nudge them out of the nest.