Magpie Flight School
My neighbor has a number of mature spruce trees
in his back yard and every year a family of
magpies nests in one of them. We are blessed
that our back yard often becomes the place for
magpie flight school.
The young birds work their way to the end of a
branch, and sit there squawking for a while.
Mother magpie is never far away, encouraging the
young ones to try again. A nest of magpies can
make a lot of noise when it is time to learn to
After working up enough nerve and making a
suitable amount of noise the young birds jump,
spread their wings and drop to the ground.
Squawking some more, they eventually jump up
from branch to branch to climb back up the tree,
and repeat the process.
The young one goes back to the end of the
branch, makes enough noise to work up its nerve
and tries it again.
Sometime during the process, they actually get
airborne and soar a bit. The first time they
soar, it frightens them and they land quickly,
unsure of what just happened. Eventually though,
they get the idea and fly and soar at will.
As Christians we are often like those young
magpies, we stay near the nest and make a lot of
noise. Sometimes we take a brief leap, then make
a lot of noise over the attempt and head for
Other times we actually get to fly a bit, and it
surprises and frightens us. We knew it was
possible, but we didn't really think it could
happen to us and we stop in disbelief.
Now and then though, we get the idea and
actually begin to do what we are called to do
and fly. To soar, empowered by Holy Spirit. We
begin to become the people of God that we are
called to be. Other people see us soaring and
the sight turns their mind towards God.
Each of us is called to work in different
ministries. Each of us is at a different point
in our faith walk.
Perhaps you haven't yet broken out of the egg or
left the nest. Perhaps you are standing on the
edge of the branch squawking in excitement and
fear preparing to jump. Maybe you have just
soared and it surprised you. Perhaps you are
like the mother magpie, knowing you can soar and
that it is your duty to encourage others.
Where ever you are in your walk, know that we
are called to soar and are empowered to soar, all
for the glory of God.
"but 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."
Do not grow tired of the
attempt -- know that the Father has prepared a
ministry for you to excel at; to soar and bring
Him glory. May you find that ministry and soar
in His presence, as He intended, according to his plan. God bless.
[ by Kevin Corbin -- from 'Themestream' -- Ed:anon.]
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