Twenty years ago this month I discovered I was carrying our first child. Though seasoned parents repeatedly mentioned how quickly the years would pass, I still found it difficult to comprehend. Now I completely understand. It seems like just yesterday our Victoria was born and yet today she is preparing to graduate from the community college, searching for a job, and planning her next steps. Our second daughter is not far behind, having begun her college education nearly three months ago. It would be easy to let fear overwhelm me, but God has given me tremendous peace during these transitions. He even spoke a special word during one of my quiet times. It is my hope that these words encourage those of you walking the same road of transition. “It’s time for her to grow and to soar. You have kept her protected and nourished her well. She has lived in a palace, knowing her place and her destiny. Now it’s time for her to leave the safety of the palace. This will open her eyes, grow her compassion and strengthen her faith.
Everyone is right when they say it will never be the same, but I say it will only be better. She is a bird who was made to fly. It would not be good if she were only allowed to sit in your nest and sing. A captured bird becomes unhappy and unfulfilled. As she fulfills her call, joy will overflow, both in her life and in yours.
There will be some who think birds should stay in cages. They may not understand, but I created birds to fly. As she flies from one location to another, she will bring songs, and life, and laughter to so many.
Some fear the birds will fly away never return, but I created many migratory birds to return to the same location, a safe place where they can spend the winter. She will return to her safe place in my perfect time.”
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:25-27