“He shielded him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them aloft.” Deuteronomy 32:10-11

After one of our many moves, I was looking for a job. For the first time in over twenty years, I didn’t have a job. I wasn’t studying. I didn’t have any children living at home. It meant that I had time to do all those things I used to say that I didn’t have time to do. However, some of those things were still not getting done. I just didn’t want to do them. This surprised me because there were even some books I still hadn’t read.

I had to eliminate some phrases from my language like, “I haven’t got time” and “I’m too busy.” How quickly and without thinking, I used these phrases. I became more truthful about why I didn’t want to do something.

It was an interesting learning curve. Unexpectedly I found having enough time was quite a challenge. Why was it that the tasks I had to do, expanded to fill the time available? If the only thing I had to do that day was clean the house then it took all day to do it. Motivation was also an issue, if I couldn’t be late for anything, did it matter if I stayed in bed an extra half an hour? Laziness kicked in and the less I did, the less I wanted to do. Changing circumstances caused me to rethink some of my habits and priorities.

Perhaps this is why the eagle stirs the nest? And why God disturbs our comfortable routines.

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