A fledgling bird depends on her parents for food and training. She leaves the nest to test her new-found ability to fly and spends her time on the ground, fluttering her undeveloped wing feathers, trying to figure out how to be a bird. Her parents stay close enough to come to the rescue if necessary, train the fledgling to eat from feeders, and provide food.
Since retiring from 35 years of teaching last June, I feel a lot like a fledgling. A little awkward, still getting my flying feathers, fluttering my wings while trying to figure out how to be in this new season of life.
And needing a lot of help from my Father. It’s reassuring to know that like the fledgling bird’s parents, God stays close, protecting me and training me to do His Kingdom work in this new season. Getting me ready to soar for Him.
Ways to Stay Close to the Father
Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing (Psalm 100:2). I may not be flying yet, but I can serve Him with my gladness and joyful singing. Telling others about His faithfulness in the past and my confidence in my future reminds me God has a perfect plan for me. He has prepared me for this time in my life.
Cultivate a Thankful Heart
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107:8-9). God always provides my needs. All my needs. In times of uncertainty and awkwardness, I need to thank Him for opportunities and trust Him to equip me in His way and in His time.
Call on Him
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth (Psalm 145:18). In times of distress, I don’t have to figure things out on my own. Cry out to God. Not only is He near, but He also loves me. He comforts and calms my anxious heart when I depend on Him instead of myself.
No matter where you are in life, stay close to the Father. We never should grow so independent we stop needing Him. What season of life do you find yourself in and how is God showing you He is close?
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