Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley did an experiment years ago in which they introduced an amoeba into a perfectly stress-free environment.
It was an ideal temperature, optimal concentration of moisture, and an abundant food supply. It was an environment where the amoeba did not have to make any adjustment at all. It was thought that the particular amoeba would be perfectly happy and content, with no stressful situations or problems to face. Surprisingly though, the amoeba died! The lesson learned was that there is something about living things, even amoebas that demand challenge. God has made us so that we require challenge, change, and adaption in the way we must have food, water, and oxygen. Comfort alone will destroy us. 1
Moses stated, “As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led him” (Deuteronomy 32:11, 12).
Moses was telling the people how God deals with His children.
The mother eagle watches her baby eaglets carefully; as they grow, she stirs them up a little, so they will not be contented to lie in the nest. She then flutters over them to make them want to use their wings as she does. Then, she pushes them out of the nest and flies down beneath, carefully watching them so no harm will come to her children.
When she sees the little wings growing tired, she spreads out her wings, catches them, and bears them back to the nest for rest. Eagle nests are always very high. A fall would mean certain death, but the mother eagle knows when it is time to stir the young out of their nest for their own development and survival. She also knows when to fly down to bring them back. 2
“The will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us” (Billy Graham).3
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- John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 49530, Copyright 2001, p. 47
- Barbara M. Bowen, Strange Scriptures That Perplex the Western Mind, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1944, pp. 22 – 23
- Billy Graham, Till Armageddon, Word Books Publishers, Waco, TX, Copyright 1981, p. 24