BY REV. JENNIFER HESEBECK--EXCELSIOR HESEBECK AND ZION UMCs
As you read the following story, give some thought to an interesting question: Are you a turkey or an eagle?
An eagle chick got thrown out of its nest as a very young eaglet. A farmer found the chick and decided to give it to a mother turkey on his farm, who raised it.
As the young eagle grew it behaved just like all the other turkeys. It ate grain, it lived in a small enclosure and it didn't fly, because turkeys don't fly well.
As time went by, the young eagle began to flap his wings a lot, much to the consternation of the others in the compound. Then one day a strong wind blew just as the eagle spread his wings. The wind caught the young eagle's wings and lifted him out of the compound into the open spaces.
Well, the uproar from the compound was very loud, causing the farmer to come running. The farmer said, "I wondered how long it would be before you discovered the truth. After all, you are an eagle. You are designed to soar high in the sky."
He took the young eagle to a high ridge and as the wind blew the eagle again spread his wings. Soon he was flying and he went higher and higher into the heavens -- where he belonged. He had discovered his true home.
As Christians we are designed to soar in the spirit and to fellowship in the heavens. But often we just live in the turkey pen.
We can't see beyond our experience. If it hasn't happened in the turkey pen then it just doesn't happen. If anyone tries to tell me different I just won't believe him. After all, this is how its been in the turkey pen for generations.
But suddenly we feel the gentle breeze on our shoulders or in our face and we love the experience. Sometimes it just feels like we could take off and fly into the heavens. But then we remember we are just turkeys. Most of the time the others in the pen remind us who we are. Earthbound, grain eating, fat, big flightless birds.
The farmer wants to take us out to the ridge. It's not so comfortable out there so not many go, but when they do, they seem to be transformed forever.
There is so much more to experience. As we begin to see into the spiritual, we suddenly see a whole lot of wonders going on in front of us. Also, we notice that there are a whole lot of other eagles as well. When eagles gather things happen -- out there on the ridge.
The thing about living in a dusty pen is that grit gets in our eyes, and we fail to see beyond what's right in front of us. There is a world to win for Jesus. And without the farmer (Father) taking us to the ridge so that the wind (Holy Spirit) can lift us to heights to truly see Jesus in all his Glory seated in heavenly places; we will struggle as big fat turkeys confined to a pen.
Your call is to be lifted up into the Glory of Heaven where you belong. When we see things as Jesus sees things, it takes so much of the struggle and striving out of our walk.
Remember, Jesus only did what the Father asked him to do.
He only went where the Father asked him to go. And he only said what the Father asked him to say.
The only way he could get this clarity of direction was to soar in his relationship up to where the Father dwelt. You can't hear in a pen full of noisy turkeys.
Jesus doesn't expect any more from you. He just wants us to do what the Father instructs. And the only way to get that instruction is out on the ridge where the wind of the Spirit can lift you into heavenly places.
Most of us at some time spend all our energy trying to hear or see or gain some understanding running around the turkey pen looking for answers.
Go out to the ridge!