Cuckoo: A Bird who Lays its Egg in Another Bird’s Nest

The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever โ€”
do not abandon the works of your hands.
Psalm 138:8 NIV
One day I was looking up a word in my dictionary. My eye fell upon the word “cuckoo”. I read the entry and giggled to myself. I happened to be sitting near some other friends and told them the meaning of the word. We were all tickled for some reason. Maybe because we sometimes associate the word, cuckoo, with crazy people.
As I thought about a bird who would lay their eggs in another bird’s nest, I was convicted about my tendency to compare my accomplishments to others. Mainly others who I believe are more accomplished than me. The Spirit revealed to me how foolish it is to even try to “lay my eggs in someone else’s nest.”
God has a purpose for me that is unique to his plans for my life. I do not have to be someone else or attempt an other’s goals or talents. It is cuckoo to try to fulfill some scheme that wasn’t designed for me, nor I for it. How freeing to realize my nest is just right for me, and my “eggs” belong there.
An idea was hatching, a plot developing for my life even before I was born. It was inspired by our Creator God. And he has a plot, plan and nest for each one of us whether we are cuckoo or not.

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