I was talking to a friend yesterday about being a chicken sometimes. I think we all have our “chicken” moments. Fear is something we all fight against, especially in having to do things that didn’t turn out well for us in our past experience. Yet the Lord was showing me that being a chicken isn’t always a bad thing.
When baby chickens are in the shell, they feel safe. The shell is their protection from the world. All animals have their own place that they instinctively run to when afraid. I have a few groundhogs that live on my property and as soon as they hear a noise, or see me, they run back into their hole.
As humans, don’t we do the same thing at times? If life seems overwhelming, or even downright scary at times, don’t we run into our “shells” to protect ourselves? We want to isolate ourselves from the things happening around us. We stay in our homes to protect ouselves, even though it means when we do this we don’t grow – we can’t overcome.
I believe this is a time for many of us to come out of the shell we have built for ourselves and spread our wings. We could have a cage of fear, poverty mentality, even being afraid of doing the assignment God asked of us. Our shell becomes a cage of false protection. When we do this, we are not living – just existing. God wants us to spread our wings and fly!
What we don’t realize is that God has great things for us and we need to get out of the cage we made for ourselves in order to walk in His promises. His promises are waiting for us to be ready to go forth in confidence – with the mindset of – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The promises have been there all the time – waiting for us to burst through the shell that confines and binds us! By breaking out of our shell, we break forth His promises too. We can’t be birthed without His promises being birthed as well.
It takes great strength for the baby chick to keep poking at the shell. However each time he tries, he gets stronger. Each crack is a small victory. Each of our victories makes a crack in the shell. Each victory weakens the cage of fear that has us bound, and strengthens us for the next crack. As we are strengthened, the shell is weakened.
Let’s all break out of our shells and run to the One whose wings will cover us with His protection. (Psalm 91:4) Our confidence, strength, and forward moving will show we have faith in the Lord to protect and take care of us. Spread your wings and be free!