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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 06:56

Step out of the Nest

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Recently while at the redwood forest, the Melbourne sisters discovered a collection of branches that was arranged very much like a nest – the only difference being that it was on the ground rather than in the tree. We climbed in, sat there and then took some photos. It was as I was going away that it dawned in me that there were some nests in my life that Jesus is challenging me to step out of.

But first, let’s go back to Peter… his story of stepping out of the boat is familiar to most of us. He was out in the boat, usually a comfortable place for him, until a storm blew up that is. He called out to Jesus, who came walking across the water to him. I imagine Peter may have wished Jesus would climb into the boat and console him, telling him that all would be well. But that was not to be, instead Jesus called for Peter to leave the boat and start walking across the water to meet him. We know that Peter did step out, but that the strength of the waves frightened him, meaning that he began to sink. We also know that Peter then cried out to Jesus and that Jesus stretched out a hand to take a hold of him.

This story was in my mind as I climbed out of the nest. I did not fall and begin to sink (or trip over any tree branches) but I was challenged to consider the nests (or boats) in my life that Jesus is inviting me to step out of so that I can grow in my reliance on and trust in him. One that came to mind is the nest of busyness. There are times in my life when I say yes to more than what is possible to fit into my life, and it can mean that it crams out the time that I would desire to spend with him. The call then, may be for me to step out of this nest, trusting and remembering that it is okay to say no, and that saying no may actually mean free me to discover something that I would otherwise miss.

I am not sure what the nest (or boat!) is for you, but take courage, hear Jesus call your name and take that leap knowing that he stretches out his hand toward you

Mel Edwards