by Pastor Tim Burt
We have a high deck off the back of our house. As you walk out on the deck, there is a double spotlight on the wall. Every year, robins decide to build a nest on it. There is just the right space and I think they like the heat of it at night. It's right outside our kitchen window so I have been able to watch the entire process each year—from the building of the nest, laying and hatching of the eggs, the mother nurturing her babies, and the fledgling (the babies growing their wings and learning to fly.) It's always fun to watch and should start in a month or two from now.
Last year as was entertaining as always. The parents had been feeding worms to the babies in the nest. The had hatched about two weeks prior and where at the stage where their little heads were just above the nest line with their beaks pointing straight up waiting for their meals to arrive. The time of fledgling was near. I had been trying to catch that moment and video tape it if I could. But, it happened while I was at work. I came home and they were all gone. As I looked around and did a little CSI investigation, I noticed the funniest thing. There was bird poop on the house siding just above the nest and all over below the nest. There was bird poop in almost a straight line on the deck floor to the deck rail. And then on the deck railing there were five piles of bird poop perfectly spaced in this linear row. I can only surmise that they were scared out of their gourd as the mother or father bird was pushing them out of the nest.
Our deck is high off the ground. So as the baby birds were lined up on this deck rail overlooking the height of their first flight—you could say, each of them crapped their pants (or no pants) right where they sat on the rail. They were staring at their first 15 foot drop to the ground. I was sad that I didn’t get to witness it but the evidence left behind and how it was left behind was hysterical. It made it easy for me to imagine.
Over the years of my Christian walk, I’ve changed more than you could ever believe. The Holy Spirit living in every believer is a transforming power. He helped me change from a young adult wandering aimlessly through the early years of adulthood, caught up in drugs and alcohol, to an utterly complete new person as promised in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV). "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he
is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have
become new." Since that time, my life has been a complete makeover filled with purpose with Jesus as the center. And it's affected every other part of my life.
God’s word has taught me life-changing principles of love, forgiveness, godly thinking, the importance of words and speaking hope and encouragement, and has helped me learn to walk in the fruit of the Spirit of God. His Word has also taught me the importance of being faithful, walking in servant leadership, and how to be selfless rather than selfish. It’s also helped me become a person that can take on responsibility, lead, and raise up leaders. And through all this, doors of opportunity have been repeatedly opened to me.
Opportunity is a funny thing. It most often represents new learning curves and challenges you've not walked in before. That has always meant leaving my comfort zone. The easiest decision to make when you are in your comfort zone is the decision to stay where you are. Why? Because you already know what you’re doing!
I don’t take risks or make changes just for the sake of change. I make changes because God is dealing with me to make changes—sometimes internally, and sometimes in taking on more or new responsibilities to further what He has put in my heart to accomplish.
When I do make changes, they usually carry risk—the first risk being a new chance to succeed or fail. I often feel like those little birds sitting up on the rail of my deck being coaxed to take their first flight. You hope things will result in great life-change and blessing. But, like those little birds, I look out and see how far I can fall. I imagine every fear. And like those little birdies, I poop on the rail. I go through short bouts of anxiety thinking What am I doing? But then I hear His voice rise up within me and hear the His encouragement saying, “For I can do everything through Christ who gives me the strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NLT) I begin to receive the Lord’s comfort and strength thanking Him for it and I hear more. I hear Psalm 118:8. "It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in people." I am further encouraged and strengthened and hear more still. Psalm 118:7 NLT "Yes, the Lord is for me; He will help me."
I was never one to change or take risks until I gave my life to the Lord and learned He guides me down the path of my destiny, a step at a time. Because of His love toward me, I know it’s planned with good things that will transform and enrich my life. It might seem risky to trust the Lord and like the baby Robins I may poop on the rail at the risks, but as He coaxes me and pushes me through it. And like the birdies, I do learn to fly. I’ll learn to change and stretch and take risks so that I may live the life that is worth living!
Hebrews 13:5. “… For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never forsake you."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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