Leaving work on yesterday, I was listening to my radio pastor, Bishop Brandon Porter and he said something that stuck with me. He said his grandfather would always tell him, “Build your nest before laying your eggs.” Now, I had to think about this and the more it sunk in, the greater it became to me. Yes, I know what his grandfather meant, in relations to children but I want to take this a step further. And for the sake of this devotional, egg here represents anything that you can or will potentially give birth too. See, we spend so much time focusing on the egg that we forget about the nest. We work so hard to obtain a position that we never stop to think about the place it’ll need to be nurtured. We work hard for the wedding that we forget about building a home for nurturing the marriage. We, day in and day out, push to open the business but where’s the nest? We start the ministry but where is your nest? Nest as in a place made or chosen for secluded retreat or shelter.
Beloved, where is your nest? Where is your covering? Where is your safe place? Where is the place you can go when all seems lost or when it feels like you’re about to lose your mind? Where’s your nest? A place that doesn’t see you as the mighty man or woman of God but simply as a man/woman who needs sheltering. Where’s your nest? A place where you can take off your collar and your robe? Where’s your nest? A place you can fall and it won’t be held against you? Where is your nest? A place that won’t banish you for getting pregnant out of wedlock but will teach you. Where is your nest? The place you can cry out for help and actually get it. Where is your nest? A place you can be sheltered when the storms of life are beating you down. Who is your nest? The person who will nurture you? What is your nest? A person, place or thing? Where is your nest? Can you get there when you need it? How sturdy is your nest? Will it fall from the weight of you? These are the kinds of things you have to think about before giving birth to the egg (Every Godly Gift), because it makes no sense to give birth without a safe place to nurture it. And regardless of how strong you are, you need a nest. Stop rushing to birth the egg if you’ve yet to build/find a nest for it to be nurtured in.