Leave Your Comfort Zone and you Will Learn to Fly -- By Annettee Budzban
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not be faint." — Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

I have heard that the mother eagle builds her nest in layers. The first layer of the nest is built with blunt, sharp, painful objects. This may include thorns, twigs, and small pieces of glass. Who would have suspected this from a loving mother? Then she disguises this layer with a second layer built with soft, feathery objects. She may find old pieces of tissue, cloth, or fine Downey feathers to pad the nest for her unsuspecting young birds.

Resting on this protective padding, the baby eagles first experience in the nest is one of comfort, where they are nourished and fed. But when the time comes for the babies to get ready to venture out on their own, the mother starts to stir up the nest by removing some of the protective padding from the second layer. When faced with sleeping on twigs, thorns and other sharp objects, the nest doesn't feel like the soft comfortable place it once was. In an effort to escape the feeling of discomfort, the young eagles hop to the edge of the nest where they take a fall for their first flying lesson.

The young ones don't fall too far, however, until mamma comes and swoops them up on her wings and carries them back to a place of safety until it's time for their next attempt to fly. If it weren't for the mother eagle stirring up the nest, these babies may never spread their wings and take to flight.

We all have a special nesting place where we are comfortable. It may be a place of physical comfort or emotional comfort — nonetheless, it is our comfort zone. Then there comes a point in time when something occurs and we don't feel quite so comfortable there anymore. When this happens, it may be God stirring up our nest to let us know it's time to leave that nesting place, and spread our wings and fly into a new adventure in life; something better for us, that we might have never tried had we not been forced to leave our comfort zone.

Annettee Budzban