CBI students from around the world consistently demonstrate minds that are hungry to learn and hearts that are ready to be transformed. Through artwork, poems, letters, testimonies and more, many students go the extra mile to express how their studies have impacted their daily lives. One of these hardworking students, Dwight from Louisiana, recently sent CBI an essay that highlights his efforts to stretch both his mind and his heart.

Excerpt from “The Amazing Eagle”:

Both eagle parents are involved in teaching the young to fly. The momma eagle knows when it’s time. She leads the eaglets to the edge of the mountain crag and flies out and comes back. If the young are reluctant to follow, she goes over to the nest and breaks it up and causes sticks to poke out in all directions so the eaglets can’t get “comfy” in the nest again. Then she takes them to the edge of the cliff, and pushes them off the edge.

She watches as the eaglet gets the hang of it. If it doesn’t take off as it should, she swoops down and gets under it and her mighty wings hold it up. Every time the youngster gets tired, one of its eagle parents allows it to rest on its wings.

God may break up your nest. Sometimes He pushes us right into the peck of troubles, problems and difficulties. Jesus sent His disciples across the Sea of Galilee directly into a storm. He did it purposely. Just remember Exodus 19:4: “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you unto myself.”

If you are reading this and are at your “wits’ end” and don’t know where to turn or what to do, remember this verse: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). You may think you are falling, like the eaglet, but the wings will be there at the right moment, holding you up on God’s “everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

CBI volunteer Instructors—over 5,600 in number—take great pride in students such as Dwight who are motivated to mine great depths in their studies. And as students continue to share their insights with CBI staff and volunteers, CBI will continue to encourage and lift up their voices.