Minister’s Letter – Fly like a fledgling!
Noisy Miners are nesting near our house, and the eggs hatched the week before Christmas. On Christmas Day, as our guests were looking on, one of the chicks jumped out of the nest, wobbled on a twig for a moment, and flew to the next tree. At once the adult birds swooped in and gathered around this intrepid fledgling as it made its first foray out of the nest. As my nephew said, “You don’t see that every day!” At the risk of endowing a bird with human emotions, imagine how nerve-wracking that first flight would be: wings tested for the first time, no knowledge of where to land safely. Yet, it jumped and took a risk.
The Bible promotes courage. Before entering the Promised Land, God tells the Israelites to “be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:9). The Psalms say things like “in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:4). Paul reminds us that “the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid” (2 Timothy 1:7). Could 2023 see you jump from your place of comfort? Could you take up a new ministry, or offer yourself in service to God in a new way?
Of course, fledglings don’t ask fear-filled questions like us, rather they act out of instinct. We may not have that same instinct, but we do have the same sovereign God who cares for both sparrows and his sons and daughters (Matthew 10:29-31). With him to catch you, why not make that jump?