Some of the eggs had the slightest little crack in them. My students walked in eagerly each day to see the progress on the baby chicks that were waiting to hatch.
There were days when an egg looked so very close to opening and everything in us wanted to just reach in and help that little chick to be free of her shell. We wanted to see this little one with it’s wet feathers stuck close to its little body. We wanted to see it make the change through the day to fluffy and whole. We had read so much about this process and wanted to experience it. This is what we had been waiting for! We wanted to hold these little ones that we had watched for many days now.
As their teacher, I told them that it would be a big mistake to reach in and help the baby chick. God has a reason for the day-by-day delay. We needed to trust Him and not the wisdom of ourselves.
Baby chicks have what is called an egg tooth. It eventually falls off, but it is a necessary part of their body as they begin to peck at the shell from the inside of their egg. It takes stamina, energy, determination, and strength for the new little chick to break free of its shell. If we were to do this for them, we would weaken the little chick and he would not have the strength he needs in order to survive in the world he would soon enter.
If we leaned on our own understanding or will, our poor little chick would eventually die.
My students and I practiced patience. We prayed over these little chicks. We checked in on them often, but we waited.
We did not sit and stare at them the entire school day. We had a routine. We had math lessons and games to play. We had reading circle and writing sessions. We did experiments in science and had fun creating history projects. The school days flew by.
And one beautiful day we saw and marveled at what God had done!
Victory was here. Life was here. We stood in awe.
God could be trusted.
The little chick was not alone. His creator was with him and designed him perfectly to be able to hatch into the new life that waited.
I don’t know if you are all alone during this time of quarantine. If you are, please know that you are truly not alone. God is with you and He is walking this quarantine out with you. He can strengthen you in mind, body, and soul. He will give you what you need for each and every day. You will come out of this stronger than you were before. You can trust Him.
“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”
His Name is Jesus