by Sheri Schofield
It had been a difficult spring. My husband, Tim, had suffered a breakdown from enormous pressures of life-threatening retaliation after he stood against fraud at work. He was too broken to support the family now, and too fragile for me to leave him home alone for more than a couple hours at a time. We had two school-age children. There were no savings after a year-long legal battle, and now there was no income. I had enough money left to buy food and gas for about a week.
A foot of snow covered the ground outside our log home on the mountain that morning in early March. I shoveled a path out to my car and headed down the mile-long dirt road to the highway into town to buy food.
I told the Lord, “Tim is suffering because he took that stand against evil for Your sake. That makes this money situation YOUR problem. So, Lord, please provide!”
As I drove down the mountain through the snow, an eagle flew across my path. The Lord reminded me of how eagles teach their young to fly. My imagination took me to the eagle’s nest. Day after day, the eaglet watches his parents soar through the sky. “Oh!” he thinks, “I want to be just like Dad!”
One day his father asks, “Are you ready to fly?”
“Yes!” cries the eaglet.
“Then get up here on the edge of the nest and start flapping your wings,” Dad orders.
The eaglet hops over to the edge and experimentally flaps his little wings. Just as he starts to get the hang of it, Dad pushes him out of the nest! What treachery! The eaglet squawks and tumbles through the air. He’s sure he’s going to die! But then Dad sweeps beneath the fledgling, catches him on his back, flies gracefully back up to the nest and dumps him.
“There’s no place like home!” the eaglet breathes, clutching the nest.
“Ok, let’s try this again. But next time, try flapping those wings!” Dad says.
“What do you mean by ‘next time’?” the eaglet croaks. “I’m NEVER leaving home again!”
As Dad pushes the eaglet back over to the edge, the eaglet tries vainly to grip the twigs in the nest. But it’s no use. As he tumbles toward the ground again, he croaks, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!”
Dad repeatedly catches the eaglet and carries him back to the nest to try again. Eventually, the eaglet overcomes his fear and learns to flap his wings. Soon he is soaring gracefully in the sky with his dad.
“You are like the eaglet,” God whispered to me. “I am pushing you out of your security so you will learn to trust Me more. I always catch you before you are in danger. So flap those wings of faith and come fly with Me!”
I laughed out loud. At the end of the driveway, I stopped at the mailbox. Inside was a letter for our family. . . and a check for three-thousand dollars.
Whenever a bill or a need arose that year, a check for the corresponding amount would show up in the mail. “The Lord told me to send this to you,” the writer would say. That year, we received thousands of dollars from friends through the mail. We always had food on the table and every bill was paid on time.
That was the year I learned to soar on high with my Father.
“…Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31, NIV
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About the author: Sheri Schofield, an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years, has just released her new book, The Prince And The Plan, to help parents lead their children into a saving knowledge of Jesus. Sheri was named Writer of the Year for 2018 at Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!
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