Just Beyond Lift Off. . .

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Do you know, 8/10 times I start writing one thing to you and before I know it God, has re-oriented me in a totally different direction?  I follow, looking longing back at the “words, I had planned.” “We” changed it three times this morning before, the words “settled” here for you. . .

I’ve always loved to “fly.” As a little girl, swinging and my first flight to see my sister, alone, in Maryland. I still love, I mean really LOVE to fly. I’ve experienced numerous “flight” experiences in airplane take offs, biplane rides over Gulf Shores/Alabama, the book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Soarin Ride in Disney World (Seriously, Do I really have to get off???), sailing open clear Caribean waters, watching the Blue Angels Perform, Hot Air Balloon Ride over Nappa Valley, Dreams, Conversations, Songs. . . .I’ve been richly blessed. . .

Perhaps it is being “grounded” that really teaches the dynamics of flying? God’s thinking is so very different from ours! (Isaiah 55:9) The first time I felt grounded in my life, I thought I had been flying. I had back disk issues after a car accident, and I was lying on my tummy on the floor, iced to numb on my lower back, face to the ground, stretching, positioning my back to heal. That is the posture most known for “prayer” in our Scripture life in God’s Love Letters to us. (Knowledge unknown to me at that time). FACE DOWN, this prayer time was working toward healing. Honestly, I was whining, “God, why have you grounded me like a sparrow in the dust when I was soaring in life?” Soaring. . .in time, with my activities limited, I began a learning process that flying in His Kingdom, had nothing to do with activity. Grounding me was the only way to teach me that in my thirty somethings. My back pain got better, but I learned that flying was through my “Kingdom Play” not busy, busy, busy me!

I thought I had learned. Here I am again. Grounded. Grounded lower than I thought possible. I can experience the “grounding” (God, help me!) or I can believe in the character of my God. . .trust that the groundings are preparations for flight. The deeper the grounding, the higher the flight? All those “flight experiences” are only tastings of what is to come? Just how “high” are we meant to soar?

One of my all time favorite songs. . .I would play it every morning driving my girls to school. . .My two younger girls knew it by heart. . .Amy Grant (one of my first “Christian Artists”) .. . I’m Gonna Fly. . .I still long to fly. It’s a God-given desire and it is yet to be fulfilled to HIS Glory. . .This I know. . .God is always worth the wait. . .(God, how about yesterday. . .I know you are always on time, but I wish you would be early sometimes! (quote, author unknown!).

Amy Grant: I’m Gonna Fly

All of my friends are happy to stay
Here in this yard day after day
But something inside me has called me away
I don’t understand but I know I can’t stay

I’m gonna fly
No one knows where
But I’m gonna fly
I’m lighter than air

Cause I have felt for the first time
I can be myself
No more faces to hide behind
Just a smile and a dream that’s mine
Even if I am the only one who wants to fly

I’m gonna fly
No one knows where
But I’m gonna fly
I’ll soar thru the air

All of my life seems I’ve waited
For the time to start
Being the person inside of me
Unafraid of being me
No more faces to hide behind
Just a smile and a dream that’s mine
Even if I am the only one who wants to fly

If I had my life to live over again
I’d run barefoot, relax a bit more
And I’d talk to my children
And I’d learn how they laugh
And I’d teach them how I’ve learned to fly

Cause all my life seems I’ve waited
For the time to start
Being this person inside of me
Unafraid of being me
Even if I am the only one who wants to fly
I’m gonna fly

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