Stir up the Nest
Posted on Monday, May 07th 2012 at 05:17 pm
Stir Up the Nest
Have you ever seen an eagle fly? I was in Alaska climbing a mountain and was awestruck at the site of a giant bald eagle swooping down from on high scouring the landscape for food for her young. Eagles build very large nests to house their young and regurgitate food to feed them until the day that they “stir up the nest”. The mother eagle enters the nest and then nudges the eaglet out. The eaglet is unprepared and falls helplessly to earth flapping its’ useless wings. Then momma eagle swoops under the eaglet and catches him between her wings. This stirring up of the nest is repeated until finally the eaglet can fly on its’ own and hunt for itself. If the mother eagle didn’t stir up the nest I imagine the eaglets would grow into fat, lazy adult eagles incapable of taking care of themselves. I think this is analogous to what has happened in our culture. A friend was telling me about his son who is nearing 30 years old and has yet to leave home. Why should he? He doesn’t pay any rent, is well fed and cared for all at the expense of his parents. It might be time to nudge this fledgling out of the nest. We are creating a nation of dependency instead of the American value of rugged independence. It is hard to believe that John F. Kennedy said fifty years ago that we should “ask not what our country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. It certainly wouldn’t fly as a campaign slogan today. The only hope for our nation is that we stir up the nest and let our dependent eaglets learn to fly.
“Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions” Deuteronomy 32:11