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Learning to Fly
By Joel Osteen - Dec 07, 2009
Have you ever heard how a mother eagle teaches her baby eaglets to fly? When they are small, they stay in the nest where it's warm, soft, and comfortable. All day long, the little eaglets just sing and play without a care in the world. But when they get a little older, the mother eagle will grab one of the eaglets in her claws and take it way up in the air. The little eaglet loves soaring in the air with its mother, relaxing and seeing all the beautiful sights. But right about that time, the momma eagle opens her claws and drops that baby. It starts heading toward the ground at 90 miles per hour. I'm sure that baby eagle thinks, "Mother, have you lost your mind!? Are you trying to kill me!? Don't you love me anymore? Have you abandoned me? But right before that little eaglet hits the ground, the mother swoops down and grabs it. The little baby says, "Oh, thank you so much, Mother. Now take me back to the nest where it's warm and comfortable, and I don't have this stress and all these challenges. But what does the mother eagle do? She takes it right back up in the air and drops it again and again until finally that little eaglet begins to flap its wings. That eaglet discovers something on the inside that he didn't know he had. He starts flapping and flapping, and before long, he knows how to fly. He's soaring all through the air saying to himself, "This is what I was created to be.

In the same way, sometimes in life it feels like God has dropped us. It feels like we've been abandoned. We think, "I've never had so many problems. Why did this business partner leave? Why did this person lie about me? Why did I go through this loss? God, I was so much more comfortable before. But God has not abandoned you. He's not going to let you hit the ground. He's got His eyes on you. He knows that before long, just like that little eaglet stretches its wings, you are going to start stretching your faith. You're going to step into a new confidence. You're going to discover wings that you didn't know you had. You're going to overcome obstacles that looked insurmountable. It may seem like you took a step backwards. It may be uncomfortable, but because you have stayed in faith, that pruning is leading to blooming. You're becoming stronger. You're becoming more confident. You're experiencing increase and favor. You are learning to fly!

Today, if you feel like you're falling, remember that God Almighty has His hand on you! He will never leave you. He will never let you fall. I love what it says in Isaiah 40:31 that "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like the eagles. Stretch your faith with confidence because you are learning to fly. You are being strengthened, and you will rise higher and higher above every obstacle into the life of blessing He has in store for you!

Phoenix Update:

Friday night, Victoria and I had such an incredible time in Phoenix where thousands of people stood to make a decision to accept or renew their commitment to Jesus at the arena. We had nearly 11,000 in attendance, including the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer. We also had the pleasure of meeting with a group of local pastors and were encouraged and inspired by their passionate dedication to building the kingdom of God. We look forward to lasting friendships with these great men of God. We were also so honored to shake hands with nearly 700 people at the book signing at Sam's Club in El Paso, TX and hundreds more at the Walmart in Glendale, AZ.

We are so overwhelmed every time we hear a testimony of how God is reaching people through this ministry. We thank you so much for your prayers and support and hope to see you soon at one of the events in your area!
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