My son and I used to act out the book Are You My Mother? by P D Eastman. He would ask different objects in the room if they were his mother until he finally got to me and I proudly said, “I am your mother.” As a mother bird there will come a time when I need to kick my baby bird from the nest and say “Off you go.”

For weeks now, my son has felt a burning desire to make his faith in Jesus known to the people of my church. He has one problem–extreme shyness around other people. As the mother bird, I wanted to “kick” him out of the pew to walk the long aisle to the front where the minister waited. But this decision had to be all his own. My only influence was to make sure he understood the basics: know you are a sinner, ask God to forgive you of those sins and to trust in him alone for eternal life. But the rest had to be up to him. He had to make the decision to move from the pew and up to the front.

On April 20th 2008 my baby bird took that step off the edge of the nest and he flew even though it was a scary thing for him.

Isaiah 40:30-31 (New International Version)

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.