Herald Journal Columns
May 21, 2007, Herald Journal

Finding courage and faith


In the springtime, it’s most interesting when a person comes across a bird nest up in a tree.

We may find it fascinating to watch the baby birds make their way to the edge of their nest and then take a peek over to view the surroundings and the unexplored world around them.

At first the baby birds are somewhat curious, then they become uncertain and shrink back to the familiar security of the comfort of their nest. Perhaps they are unsure of the strength of their own untried wings.

Insecurity comes within the baby birds as they realize their wings are all they have to rescue them from a fatal fall. They know how weak and how unproven their little wings are.

Yet, when they are either pushed out of their nest or gather courage to launch out on their own to try that first flight, they find the air supports them when they spread their wings.

Within our lifetime, how many times have we felt insecure to take that first step into a new surrounding that lies outside our familiar nest. We may feel just like the baby birds.

Most often, we take a look at our own weakness and insecurities, and we may want to turn ourselves around and head back to where we are safe and comfortable. It’s sometimes hard to comprehend that, even if we are not aware of Jesus’ presence, we can rest assured that he is by our side.

In other words, we are learning what it means to use our courage and to take that leap of faith. We are merely stretching our wings so we can grow in a new adventure in life.

Jesus taught his followers, “are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice. . . Fear not, you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31 (Amplified version).

Another example would be when Peter saw Jesus walking on the sea of Galilee. He cried out, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water. . .”

Jesus replied, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, moving toward Jesus. It was when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the wind that he became frightened and began to sink.

He cried out, “Lord, save me!” And, of course, Jesus did! Jesus at once stretched out his hand and caught him.

It’s been amazing to find that many people still put their courage and faith into practice in today’s world.

They have found that by fixing their eyes on Jesus they didn’t doubt, they didn’t falter and they didn’t sink. Every day we witness people who venture into unknown territory. They still succeed without turning themselves around because of their courage and faith. . . just like the baby birds.

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