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