Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificient falcons. He gave the birds to his head falconer to be trained.
Months passed & one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.
The king summoned healers & sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly.
Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, "May be I need someone more familiar with the country side to understand the nature of this problem." So he cried out to his court, "Go & get a farmer."
In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, "Bring me the doer of this miracle."
The court quickly located the farmer, who came & stood before the king. "The king asked him, "How did you make the falcon fly?"
With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, "It was very easy, your highness, I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting."
We are all made to fly - to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But at times we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us.
Let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to & free ourselves for the glory of God.
Isa 43:18-19 (GNB) says: "But the Lord says, "Do not cling to the events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do....I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there."