Sermon Illustrations

When a mother eagle builds her nest she starts with thorns, broken branches, sharp rocks, and a number of other items that seem entirely unsuitable for nesting material. Then she lines the nest with a thick padding of wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for the eggs. By the time the growing birds reach flying age, the comfort of the nest and the luxury of free meals make them quite reluctant to leave they are very comfortable. That’s when the mother eagle begins”stirring up the nest.” She pulls out the fur and feathers, bringing the sharp rocks and branches to the surface. As more of the bedding gets plucked out, the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles. Eventually the growing eagles begin to fly. God wants us to fly.